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Magadan Oblast is contaminated with mercury
127 foci of large-scale mercury contamination were identified in four districts of the Magadan Region. Almost all of them are in places of traditional gold mining in Kolyma. According to environmentalists, 2,5 million tons of cubic meters of dumps contain more than 48 tons of mercury.
The Minister of Natural Resources and Ecology of the regional government, Vladimir Mitkin, believes that the primary task is to identify the foci of mercury contamination, their localization and purification.
In the situation that has developed in the Magadan region, it is not only the modern production that is to blame, but also the contamination sites left over from the Soviet period. Hazardous areas, as well as abandoned cemeteries, cattle cemeteries, storage facilities for combustive-lubricating materials, coal, industrial waste dumps are dangerous.
51 million rubles have been allocated for the subprogram "Ensuring environmental safety and environmental protection" in the region. The main task of ecologists is to determine the degree of contamination at each site and to select a location for arranging access roads for reclamation. They plan to deal with the problem by 2025.