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Ministry of Environment will check the conclusion of environmental assessment for the plant on Lake Baikal - EastRussia | Far East






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The Ministry of Environment will check the conclusion of environmental expertise for the plant on Baikal

Irkutsk Region Governor Sergey Levchenko asked Dmitry Kobylkin, Minister of Natural Resources and Ecology of Russia, to instruct the authorities to verify the conclusion of the state environmental review on documentation for the construction of a water production plant on the Baikal coast in the village of Kultuk.

According to the press service of the regional government, now the prosecutor’s office is checking the materials of the positive state expertise, which was conducted by the management of Rosprirodnadzor in the Irkutsk region in 2016.

Prosecutors intend to go to court to suspend work - During the inspection, the contractor found a number of violations. On the territory of the plant under construction found traces of bottling of petroleum products, along the perimeter of the construction site - local piles of industrial waste. Also, at the time of the inspection, the company was not able to provide permission to carry out excavation work to remove the soil cover.

The construction of a plant for bottling Baikal water began in January of this year. The company plans to put the plant into operation in 2021. Recently, however, the environmental prosecutor's office said that the construction of the plant affects a unique swamp, where rare birds stop during the flight. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said he would give instructions check plant under construction for compliance with environmental standards.