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Activists demand Putin to punish ALROSA for environmental harm in Yakutia
An open letter to the President of the country was sent by activists of the environmental movement "Protect the Nature of Yakutia". According to them, the ALROSA company has been silent on the facts of pollution of the republic's northern rivers for many years.
According to YAKUTIA.INFO, there are several facts of river pollution. In particular, from the Udachninsky GOK, highly mineralized waters got into the tributary of the Markha River and the Daldyn River. More than two million cubic meters of highly mineralized brines poured out of the tailing dump on April 10, 2021.
Markha and Daldyn flow into Vilyui. MPC for lead in the Markha River was 14,3 times higher than the norm, for bromide ions - 12,3-20 times. There is also an excess for some other radioactive elements. In total, more than six thousand people live along the banks of the northern rivers, water from Markha and Daldyn is consumed in eight settlements.
Social activists emphasize that ALROSA did not notify the regulatory authorities about the accident and does not recognize river pollution. Moreover, the company was never held liable for a similar violation of environmental legislation in 2018. Water contaminated with heavy metals entered the Arctic Ocean.