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Funding for waste disposal at Baikalsk PPM tripled
The Russian government has approved new amounts of financing for waste disposal at the Baikal PPM in the Irkutsk region. Now, for 2022, as well as for the planned 2023 and 2024, it is planned to spend 17,53 billion rubles, previously the project was estimated at 5,9 billion rubles.
According to Interfax-Russia.ru, the largest amount of funds will come in 2023 - almost 10 billion rubles. It is planned to increase financing at the expense of fines from the Norilsk-Taimyr Energy Company. The "daughter" of "Norilsk Nickel" received a fine after the accident and fuel spill at CHPP-3 in May 2020.
The general contractor for waste disposal is the Federal Ecological Operator. The amount of 5,9 billion rubles, which was announced earlier, appeared in a project with another general contractor - Rosgeologia. This money should be used to reclaim the site, the waste storage facilities of the pulp and paper mill. Now the work will include the disposal of waste at the industrial site of the former pulp mill.
Waste from the plant threatens Lake Baikal. Potentially, when a mudflow descends from the mountain, they can be washed into the lake. Also dangerous is the polymer - lignin sludge - which already reacts with certain substances. According to Rosgeologia, the BPPM's storage cards contain 4,948 million cubic meters of solid matter (sludge-lignin, ash) and 729 thousand cubic meters of water. According to scientists of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the zone of negative influence of the closed pulp and paper mill increased 10 times: traces of harmful substances are found two kilometers from the coast. Reclamation works contaminated sites started in 2021.