The Krasnoyarsk Regional Prosecutor’s Office will check eyewitness reports about the discharge of wastewater from the Oktyabrsky mine, which belongs to Norilsk Nickel, into the tundra in Taimyr. The co-owner of this company is billionaire Vladimir Potanin.
The prosecutor of Norilsk and representatives of the Federal Service for Supervision of Natural Resource Usage (Rosprirodnadzor) went to the scene to find out where the wastewater got to the open areas. The prosecutor’s office will assess how Norilsk Nickel complies with the laws on environmental protection and industrial safety, says in message departments.
The press service of the Polar Division of Norilsk Nickel said that permission had been obtained to discharge the water. “The water flow recorded on the video is a registered outlet No. 170, through which the mine waters of the Oktyabrsky mine are discharged after settling in storage tanks. Waste water is formed as a result of natural water inflow in the underground part of the Oktyabrsky and Taimyrsky mines, – said a spokesman for the company.
He also noted that all permits for the discharge by the company have been obtained in accordance with legal requirements. Industrial environmental control is carried out in full, and its results are sent to state bodies.
Video the dumping of waste in the area of the Oktyabrsky mine in the Norilsk industrial region near Talnakh was recorded by activists together with a former employee of Rosprirodnadzor Vasily Ryabinin. In a recording published in the Norilchane channel on Youtube, a cloudy gray liquid flows down the ground into a stream, leaving dirty spots along the banks, notes “Interfax”.
As a reminder, on May 29, on the territory of CHPP-3 of NTEK JSC, which is part of the Norilsk Nickel group of companies, one of the tanks was depressurized due to subsidence of the pile foundation and a spill of fuel and lubricants. According to Rosprirodnadzor, about 20 thousand tons of oil products spilled, fuel got into the Bezymyanny stream and the Daldykan and Ambarnaya rivers, which flows into Lake Pyasino. Four criminal cases were initiated on the fact of the incident, the head of the CHP plant was arrested.
Rosprirodnadzor assessed the damage caused to water bodies and soils due to pollution at about 148 billion rubles (more than two billion dollars), of which water bodies – more than 147 billion rubles. Norilsk Nickel, in turn, said that it would dispute the amount of damage, believing that the agency mistakenly used the maximum coefficient for assessing the duration of the negative impact of pollutants on water bodies. In mid-July, due to depressurization of the Norilsk Nickel pipe on Taimyr, into the ground poured out 44.5 tons of aviation fuel.
At the same time, the official version reported that the fuel was stopped on the Ambarnaya River even before it flows into Lake Pyasino. However, Greenpeace and Novaya Gazeta revealed significant content petroleum products in water samples from the right bank of the Pyasina and Talovaya rivers, and the iron content in the water exceeded the maximum permissible concentration three times. The samples themselves were removed from Norilsk only on the fourth attempt: the work of ecologists, according to them, took place in conditions of constant opposition. Due to obstacles and weather conditions, environmentalists were unable to take samples where, in the opinion of local residents, the greatest pollution should be concentrated.
Due to the fact that the activities of Norilsk Nickel inflict colossal environmental damage, representatives of the indigenous peoples of the North turned to the head of the SpaceX company Elon Musk with a request no more purchase products of “Norilsk Nickel”.
Meanwhile, Norilsk Nickel decided to create a more attractive company image. They claim that the Big Norilsk Expedition has been organized at the invitation of Norilsk Nickel. “A group of scientists from 14 institutes of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences will have to comprehensively study the ecological environment of the Taimyr Peninsula and develop proposals and recommendations that will help to implement the best environmental solutions for industrial companies operating in the Arctic region,” press release.