Report on the Technical Support Mission following the fire at an electrical station storing PCB equipment in Paraguay
The report presents the results of an expert mission of the United Nations in response to a fire that took place on 14 October 2015.
Following the request of the Paraguay Ministry of Environment, the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions and the Joint UNEP/OCHA Environment Unit (JEU) organized a mission to provide technical assistance and guidance to assess the impact of the fire in a transformer depot at the National Electrical Administration in the Laurelty –San Lorenzo municipality of Paraguay. The objective of the mission was to evaluate the extent of the environmental risk to the fire-affected sites, including the associated runoff, leaks, spills and waste, and provide recommendations for the management of the waste resulting from the incident. The findings and recommendations of the mission can be found in the report. The report is available in Spanish with the Executive Summary in English.