Photographer's Note

This is a part of chemical factory complex that produces artificial rubber (kaucuk) the only one in this part of Europe beacause it causes great polution and damage to health overall, but as you can imagine makes a lot of profit to the owner (in this case the state) so forget about the ecology...
About history (from
"At precisely 1 a.m. April 18.1999, NATO bombs and missiles rained in force on this Serbian city [of Pancevo.] Within seconds, they demolished a refinery, a fertilizer plant, and an American-built petrochemical complex that released a toxic cloud so dense and potentially lethal that its effects can be felt here even today-and will be, perhaps, for decades. The sun never shone here on the morning after, according to detailed municipal health department logs and video footage. A thick, grayish-white fog containing concentrations of carcinogenic vinyl chloride monomer that were 10,600 times above human-safety limits had settled over the city at dawn. Nearly three months after NATO's devastating attack on Pancevo-and almost a month after it dropped the last bomb of its air war on Yugoslavia-here's a glimpse of the enduring environmental and human nightmare the alliance left behind. Physicians in this city 10 miles northeast of the Yugoslav and Serbian capital, Belgrade, have privately recommended that all women who were in town that night avoid pregnancy for at least the next two years. Women who were less than nine weeks pregnant in mid-April were advised to obtain abortions, and doctors say most have complied. The ground in and around Pancevo is saturated with ammonia, mercury, naphtha, acids, dioxins, and other toxins that leaked and burned out of the factories that night....
Farm workers, plunging their fingers into the earth, say they come away with rashes that burn and blister. Those who eat the river fish and vegetables or drink the tap water, which trickles out of faucets because of the damage to the purification plant, come down with diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach cramps. There are twice as many miscarriages as there were during the comparable period last year,the air strikes unleashed tons of chemicals into the air and water. An estimated 1500 tons of vinyl chloride, the building block of a type of plastic, 3000 times higher than permitted levels, burned into the air or poured into the soil and river,hemicals included an estimated 15,000 tons of ammonia, used to make fertilizer; 800 tons of hydrochloric acid, and 250 tons of liquid chlorine used for several industrial products, vast quantities of dioxin, a component of Agent Orange and other defoliants, and 100 tons of mercury..."
Some seven years later Pancevo still cannot breathe.

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