UNIDO official visits toxic chemical destruction facility in Bataan
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said a top official of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has dropped by Bataan to see where the country’s stockpile of toxic industrial chemicals called polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) is being destroyed.
In a statement, DENR said Director General Li Yong recently visited Bataan’s non-combustion (NonCom) destruction facility for persistent organic pollutants (POPs) such as PCBs.
The facility is located inside the petrochemical plant of the Philippine National Oil Company-Alternative Fuels Corp. in Mariveles town.
It is operated by the Natural Resources Development Corp. (NRDC), the DENR’s corporate arm.
Li congratulated the Philippines for having the NonCom POP facility, which he cited as “one of the examples of best practices in environmental protection.”
The NonCom POPs is a UN-assisted project that aims to assist the country in eliminating its stockpile of POPs, which are chemicals targeted for global elimination under the Stockholm Convention to protect human health and the environment from their harmful impacts.
The project involves the deployment and operation of a commercially available, safe and proven non-combustion technology for managing PCBs.
The DENR’s Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) is in charge of overall project management.