#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. Cleaning the Putoransky and Taimyrsky reserves from Soviet-era barrels with residues of fuel and lubricants will take five to ten years. A waste disposal project is planned to be prepared this year, said Konstantin Prosekin, director of Taimyr Nature Reserves directorate.
Taimyr Nature Reserves is the largest protected area with an area of almost 12 million hectares, uniting three northern reserves – Putoransky, Big Arctic and Taimyr.
Recall that in the Putorana Reserve near lake Ayan, a dump of barrels with fuels and lubricants was found, which appeared there before the creation of the reserve in 1988 from the work of geologists. There is a danger that containers that have been staying there for more than 30 years will leak. Experts believe that the Putoransky Nature Reserve can be cleaned up in a year.
“If we take the Taimyr reserve, it is much more difficult here: very long distances, weather conditions are not the most favorable, dangerous cargo – it will be much longer here. Altogether, even according to the most optimistic estimate, it will take five to ten years”, said Konstantin Prosekin.
According to preliminary estimates, the removal of containers from the Putorana plateau alone will cost at least 25 million rubles.
Earlier, the directorate’s Chisto_Ayan project received grant support from the World of New Opportunities charity program of the Nornickel company in the amount of five million rubles. The expedition lasted 24 days. The project participants have stored and prepared for transportation 638 metal barrels and several hundred kilograms of scrap metal. Some of the household waste was taken out, but the barrels with old fuel oil, diesel fuel, waste oils remained.
We also wrote that military ecologists are engaged in cleaning the Arctic from trash.
Text: Angelica Stepanova, Photo: zapovedsever.ru