U.N. to Survey War’s Effect on Environment

<i> Reuters</i>

The United Nations set up a task force Friday to survey environmental damage caused by the Gulf War and to decide on action to reverse it.

A meeting of U.N. agencies agreed to a $2.5-million plan in which 30 to 40 experts will carry out surveys and assessments, said a statement from the U.N. Environment Program. They will look at oil pollution, air pollution from burning oil wells, damage to the land and to water supplies and hazardous wastes.

A core team of experts will go to Kuwait by mid-April to work out of the Kuwait headquarters of the Gulf’s Regional Organization for the Protection of the Marine Environment.

Responsibilities were assigned to several U.N. bodies, the World Conservation Union and the World Wide Fund for Nature.