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More than 2 million tons of industrial waste found at Usoliekhimprom

More than 2 million tons of industrial waste found at Usoliekhimprom
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During the examination of Rosatom, the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Emergency Situations and Rosprirodnadzor at the site of Usoliekhimprom in the Irkutsk region, they found about 16 square meters. km of territory contaminated with hazardous chemicals. The enterprise has accumulated more than two million tons of industrial waste.

According to Andrey Lebedev, director of the direction for the implementation of state and sectoral programs in the field of ecology of the state corporation "Rosatom", the experts left a list of priority measures to eliminate the most dangerous facilities. The measures will be taken in 2020-2021.

We are talking about the liquidation of the shop of mercury electrolysis - the main source of pollution of the territory. Also, containers with waste of the first and second classes will be brought into a safe state, brine wells will be mothballed, and an underground oil lens, which was formed 30 meters from the Angara, will be localized.

According to the press service of the regional government, specialists will also develop a comprehensive project for the reclamation of the industrial site of "Usoliekhimprom" and adjacent territories that have been contaminated. In the near future, it is planned to open a public reception in Usolye-Sibirskoye, where anyone can get information on the project.

The abandoned industrial zone has about 22 tanks with silicon tetrachloride, thousands of tons of oil products, and a number of buildings are contaminated with metallic mercury. According to experts, if their disposal is not started, toxic substances can enter the city, forests and rivers. This will lead to an environmental disaster.

The Russian Ministry of Natural Resources was developing proposals for the disposal of toxic substances from Usolyekhimprom; the workshop’s demercurization project was included to the federal program "Clean country". To resolve the issue of demercurization of the workshop, the authorities of Priangarye asked additional financingя.

Rosprirodnadzor specialists took about 200 environmental samples near the plant. They all showed significant excess maximum permissible concentrations of harmful substances.

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