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Angara region asks for money to eliminate damage from Usolyekhimprom
The Angara region needs additional funding to address the issue of demercurization of the mercury electrolysis workshop on the territory of Usolyekhimprom. Local authorities have already asked for support from the Ministry of Ecology of Russia.
According to the press service of the regional government, the enterprise occupies an area of about 600 hectares, 1 billion 257 million rubles are needed to eliminate sources of pollution in production in Usolye-Sibirsky. Only 159 mln is planned in the regional budget; liquidation work is planned to begin in 2020.
A critical environmental situation arose in the Irkutsk region after the bankruptcy of the Usolyekhimprom plant. The soil on the territory of the enterprise is contaminated with chemicals, including mercury. Because of this, in February 2019 in the Irkutsk region was introduced high availability mode.
Rospotrebnadzor warned about possible environmental disaster in the Irkutsk region. The department insists on creating a state program for the restoration of the territory of the Usolyekhimprom plant. Also, the experts of the Russian Environmental Supervision Agency took about 200 environmental samples near the plant, they all showed significant excess of maximum permissible concentrations of harmful substances.