According to optimistic estimates, it may take from 5 to 10 years to clean up the reserves in the Taymyr Peninsula from barrels with remnants of fuel and lubricants from Soviet times. This year it is planned to prepare a waste disposal project, said Konstantin Prosekin, director of the Taymyr Nature Reserves.
Earlier it was reported that the waste of past years was identified on the territory of the reserves. Thus, in the area of Lake Ayan on the territory of the Putorana Reserve, a dump of barrels with waste of oil products belonging to the third and fourth classes of hazard was discovered. The tanks remained there after the work of the geological parties even before the creation of the reserve in 1988. The barrels, according to preliminary estimates, are more than 30 years old and there is a danger that they will leak as a result of long-term corrosion.
The Taymyr Nature Reserves is the largest protected area in Russia, created in the spring of 2013 by combining three northern Siberian reserves - Putorana, Bolshoy Arctic and Taymyr.