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Emergency mode introduced in the city of Baikalsk, Irkutsk region

Emergency mode introduced in the city of Baikalsk, Irkutsk region
Photo: Press Service of the Government of the Irkutsk Region

The emergency situation in Baikalsk is caused by the risk of an environmental disaster. The reservoirs of the Baikalsk Pulp and Paper Mill (BPPM) are overfilled, and water from them can get into unprotected areas.

According to the press service of the government of the Irkutsk region, due to the large volume of snow accumulated over the winter, there was a danger of overflow of over-sludge water. From the so-called maps - waste accumulators - Babkhinsky and Solzansky landfills. To avoid this, it is required to carry out measures to lower the water level.

The BPPM waste contains lignin sludge - a polymer that hardly reacts with other substances. According to Rosgeologia's engineering surveys, the BPPM's storage cards contain 4,948 million cubic meters of solids (sludge-lignin, ash) and 729 thousand cubic meters of water.

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