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Usoliekhimprom land reclamation may begin in 2020
Irkutsk Oblast may receive funding for the restoration of mercury contaminated lands of Usolyekhimprom next year. This was stated by Russian Minister of Natural Resources and Ecology Dmitry Kobylkin at a meeting with Governor Sergei Levchenko. For this, the Angara region needs to prepare all the documents for inclusion of the object in the new national project "Ecology".
The Minister decided to quickly form a working group to resolve the issue of "Usolyekhimprom". Without the support of the federal authorities, it is not possible to demercurize the mercury production workshop of a bankrupt enterprise and to reclaim land contaminated with mercury. If the region enters the national project, it will be able to get federal funding.
According to the press service of the regional government, a project for demercurization has already been prepared in the Irkutsk region, it has passed state examination. If funding can be agreed upon, work will begin next year.
Earlier, Rosprirodnadzor said that the Irkutsk region risks becoming second Chernobyl. The department insisted on creating a state program for the restoration of the territory of the Usolyekhimprom plant. It is necessary to neutralize mercury and resolve the issue of the disposal of chemicals. Experts took more 200 water samples, air and soil in the vicinity of the former enterprise, everywhere indicators of the content of harmful substances significantly exceed the norm.