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The mercury electrolysis workshop was dismantled at the Usoliekhimprom site

The mercury electrolysis workshop was dismantled at the Usoliekhimprom site

The mercury electrolysis shop was dismantled at the Usoliekhimprom site in the Irkutsk region. Elimination of environmental damage in Usolye-Sibirskoye is ahead of schedule.

As the government press service RF, Deputy Government Deputy Viktoria Abramchenko said that chemicals from 16 emergency containers, with a volume of 60 cubic meters each, have been reloaded into certified containers and steel drums for chemical products and no longer pose a threat. The dismantling of the most dangerous facility at the plant's site - the mercury electrolysis workshop - was planned to be completed only by the end of the year, but this work was also completed. Also, specialists equipped a trench for installing an anti-seepage curtain at the site for localizing an underground oil lens.

Victoria Abramchenko said that the Ministry of Economic Development submitted to the government a draft resolution on the provision of 50 million rubles of the Irkutsk region to support legal entities and individual entrepreneurs working on the territory of Usoliekhimprom LLC and affected by accumulated environmental damage.

These funds will offset the costs of businesses to protect workers from the harmful effects of pollutants. It is also planned to repair highways in Usolye-Sibirskoye for the access to the industrial site of Usolyekhimprom. Abramchenko added that the territory of the chemical plant will be completely reclaimed and in the future will be used for the needs of the socio-economic development of the city.

Elimination of environmental damage at the site is carried out by the structure of Rosatom - the Federal State Unitary Enterprise Federal Environmental Operator. All work is carried out under the strict control of the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Emergencies.

At the end of September, the contractor began dismantling reinforced concrete structures workshops for mercury electrolysis and overpasses on access roads. At the same time, clearing of the site from fragments of the shop structures began.

In July, Vladimir Putin held a meeting on the situation in the town of Usolye-Sibirskoye. He noted that the facilities for storing chemical waste there continue to be in disrepair. Found on the site about 16 sq. km of territory contaminated with hazardous chemicals... The enterprise has accumulated more than two million tons of industrial waste.

In August, the Russian government allocated 430 million rubles for solving environmental problems Usolye-Sibirskiy. In September completed the first phase of liquidation environmental damage. 

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