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The Governor of the Irkutsk region Sergey Levchenko called irresponsible words about the leak of dangerous substances from the factory “Usol’ekhimprom”. So he interviews owned by Grigory Berezkin publication RBC responded to the statement by the head of the Federal service for supervision in the sphere of nature Svetlana Radionova.
“In the current situation to rush such phrases irresponsibly. There is waste associated with mercury with the company, which completed its work over 40 years ago. Why no one has been disposing of this waste, I can not answer,” — said Levchenko.
According to the Governor, since taking office, he immediately set a task to deal with the disposal of waste. Levchenko said that in the six months considered different options for disposal, chose one and paid for the project is about 1.5 billion rubles. The project has passed the required examination and Levchenko appealed to the Ministry of natural resources to build a facility for co-financing. However, he has not yet received a response.
On July 24, head Rosprirodnadzora Svetlana Radionova said that Russia could face a global environmental disaster, if not solve the problem of reclaiming the territory of “Usol’ekhimprom”. Threat to carry a huge amount of mercury-containing residues and contaminated mercury production, remains chemically hazardous substances, including under pressure. The damage will be commensurate with the consequences of the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, said Radionova.
In response, the authorities of the Irkutsk region declared that they can not eliminate the pollution on the territory of the bankrupt chemical company “Usoliekhimprom” because of the lack of authority. This issue needs to be addressed the Ministry of natural resources, said the government of the region. There acknowledged that the company harms the environment, but added that to solve the problem will only be possible after the approval of the Federal authorities.
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