sfc on Fri, 16 Apr 1999 21:33:16 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime> An Ecologycal Disaster is incoming

Please broadcast this:
Europe facing ecological disaster
April 16, 1999

Pancevo, 16th April 1999

It is my duty and obligation to inform the domestic and international public
that on 15th April 1999 at 22:40 NATO forces heavily bombarded the plants of 
the Petrochemical Complex in Pancevo which were in regular operation.

Installations and equipment of the Vinyl Chloride Monomer plant and Ethylene
plant were directly hit. Indirectly, heavy and destructive explosions damaged
the Chlor-alkali plant and Polyvinylchloride plant and buildings inside the
complex as well as a large number of civilian houses and flats in the
surrounding area.

The fire broke out and huge quantities of toxic matters such as chlorine,
ethylene dichloride and vinyl chloride monomer flowed out. The transformer
stations were also heavily damaged and very toxic transformer oil flowed out.

Unfortunately but unavoidably a large number of people were injured and
intoxicated. At this moment we do not know the exact number of intoxicated and
injured civilians who were evacuated.

Due to the power failure and utilities and auxiliary fluids interruption a
large quantity of combustible, explosive and toxic matters remained trapped in
the equipment, installations and tanks. It will take a lot of time to drain
and evacuate all those matters from the plants before the plants could be
considered safe for a wide surrounding area.

The plants have been heavily damaged and cannot be put in operation.

According to all the terms and rules of warfare accepted and followed so far,
the plants of  chemical process industries of this type have never been
military targets and objects of strikes. The range of products of "HIP
Petrohemija" d.p. Pancevo is of extremely civilian nature and bombardment of
these plants represents the worst war crime and it reveals genocidal
intentions of
the aggressor. Therefore, we call upon the petrochemical producers, licencors
and engineering
houses all over the world to raise their voice and warn those who give orders
for bombing of the danger and catastrophic consequences which might be caused
by bombing of this kind of plants.

Dr Slobodan Tresac,
Director General

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