Russia to Examine Six Environmental Hazards in Protected Areas for Cleanup

Russia to Examine Six Environmental Hazards in Protected Areas for Cleanup


In summer and autumn, specialists will examine six objects of accumulated harm to the environment located on specially protected natural areas of federal significance (SPNA). Based on the results, a decision will be made on the order of their liquidation, the Ministry of Natural Resources of Russia reported.

“Within the boundaries of some SPNAs, since their creation, settlements have been included, and unauthorized landfills have formed nearby. For example, in Zhigulevsk, Samara Region, which is part of the Samara Luka National Park, the negative impact of the object is felt by 1.5 thousand people. In August, specialists from Rosprirodnadzor and Rospotrebnadzor will begin examining the landfill in order to assess its impact on nature and human health,” the Ministry said in a statement on its website.

Work will begin in three regions in September. Thus, the landfill of solid municipal waste will be examined in the Russian North National Park near the Nikolo-Torzhskoye rural settlement in the Vologda Oblast, where 1.3 thousand people live. Another site is located in the Shantarskie Islands nature reserve in the Khabarovsk Krai. In the Sakhalin Oblast, in the federal reserve “Small Kurils”, there are three objects on the islands of Zeleny, Polonskogo and Yuri. Metal structures and dilapidated buildings are located here.

The examination of objects is carried out within the framework of the Clean Up General federal project.

The Ministry of Natural Resources recalled that in the previous two years, unauthorized landfills were liquidated on Baikal, the largest of which was in the village of Ust-Barguzin. Landfills were removed within the boundaries of the federal SPNAs - the Baikal and Tunkinsky national parks. 26 unauthorized waste disposal sites were destroyed in the Central Ecological Zone of the Baikal Natural Territory.

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