азбест - Агробиохим - Стара Загора
Abandoned Agrobiochim chemical plant near Stara Zagora (Bulgaria).
This blue-gray thing on the ground is asbestos!
It is crocidolite (blue asbestos), Crocidolite is considered the most hazardous asbestos fiber. Asbestos causes a type of cancer called Mesothelioma.
When it was active, this industrial plant used to produce ammonia, nitrogen fertilisers, plastics, caprolactam and silicon dioxide for rubber and pharmaceutical industries.
On this photo you can see the asbestos removed from pipes that were probably recycled. They just left all the asbestos waste on the ground.
Tons of nitrates, asbestos, dioxins and other dangerous chemicals are just sitting there in this industrial wasteland. This abandoned factory is an environmental disaster and no-one wants to pay for the clean-up (Agrobiochim was a semi-state-owned company that got bankrupt).
After taking those photos I got arrested for trespassing by some sort of Bulgarian Military Police. After an afternoon of interrogation at the Stara Zagora Police station, I was released and no charges were filed.
Before letting me go, the police chief told me: "if anything blows-up in this country, we'll be looking for you" !
This photo is part of my България - Bulgaria series.