13:20 Apr. 23, 2016
Kyiv firm failed to dispose biohazardous material from local hospital
Ukrainian police have launched a criminal investigation after a shocking discovery was made by locals in the northern Sumy region. Eleven amputated human legs, found at one of the dump sites, turned out to be a biological waste from local hospitals.
A Kyiv firm was supposed to dispose the body fragments, but instead just threw them away.
While the investigators are looking into the case and searching for the representatives of the firm, medics say that apart from ethic issues, such waste is classified as hazardous.
Ministry of Ecology claims it is next to impossible to control the work of all the firms of the kind.
"Unfortunately, sometimes it happens when firms get a license to dispose biological material, but in reality they have neither special equipment, nor appropriate premises," admits newly appointed Ecology Minister Viktor Kantsurak in a conversation with TSN journalists.
Over the next month the Ministry promises to check the activities of the waste disposal companies and penalize the firm that threw away human limbs in trash.
But even if the representatives of the firm are found and their guilt is established, they will get off with only a fine.