Sarigiannis on the fall of Antonov: Be careful in the next period for toxic substances in the area


As the professor of Environmental Engineering said, both the combustion of the explosives and the plastic and metal materials of the aircraft release substances that can have toxic content.

Speaking to SKAI, the professor of Environmental Engineering drew the attention of all competent authorities to the possible risk of toxic substances produced by the burning of the ammunition carried by the Antonov, as well as the materials of the aircraft itself. Demosthenes Sarigiannis.

As Mr. Sarigiannis explained, “both from the burning of the explosives and its plastic and metal materials aircraft substances are released that can have toxic content. Most of them fall to the ground.”

For this reason, “it is good to have sampling, in a radius of 1 km around the crash site”, as he explained, practically referring to an area of ​​3.14 square kilometers, “for 1-2 months to be sure, as these substances do not biodegrade easily, to be sure there is no contamination problem.”

Regarding the residents of the area, he noted that “there is no question of a mask at the moment, everything that is going to fall on the ground has already fallen.”

He warned, however, about the possibility of “causing a re-suspension, e.g. by agricultural work’, which will cause these substances to find their way back into the air and possibly be transported further or inhaled by citizens working within that area around the crash site.

Mr. Sarigiannis also referred to the need “not to let anything pass through the food chain and burden people over time”, indicating problems that may concern the water table but also food (from agricultural or animal production) that may be contaminated.

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