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Alrosa company was fined 600 thousand rubles for the pollution of water bodies in Yakutia
Rosprirodnadzor fined ALROSA for 600 thousand rubles for failing to comply with the points of license agreements in the development of the Gornoe and Irelye fields in Yakutia. This summer, violations have led to the breakthrough of technological dams and to large-scale pollution of water bodies.
As the Kommersant, the company did not agree with the decisions of the department. The representative of ALROSA, Andrei Polyatinsky, asked that the violations be combined into one, but his appeal was dismissed. Diamond miners were found guilty of subsoil use in violation of the conditions stipulated by the license. The amount of the penalty for each violation amounted to 300 thousand rubles. These penalties do not exhaust the sanctions to which the diamond mining company may be additionally subjected. In November, a case on the pollution of water bodies will be considered, and the company will also face claims for damages.
In August, after heavy precipitation fell, water from the technological pits of the enterprise fell into the rivers Irely and Malaya Botuobiya, which flow into Vilyui - one of the main water arteries of Yakutia. Polluted rivers even changed color. Rosprirodnadzor began checking only after polluted streams arrived in Viluy. According to the deputy head of the territorial department of Rosprirodnadzor, Sergei Sivtsev, before the incident was in the hands of the republican authorities, who could have reacted earlier and turned to the prosecutor's office.
In September, Rosprirodnadzor posted on its website a press release stating that the amount of damage exceeded 22 billion rubles. However, this information was later deleted. Now experts claim the size of the damage. Claims against ALROSA can still be put forward by the authorities of Yakutia - the republican ministry of ecology, environmental protection and forestry.