Image:- environment in Norilsk
Cleanup operations have been progressing and the authorities insist that the oil spill does not reach the Kara Sea, which is part of the North Siberian Arctic Ocean, although laboratory tests continue to be required in order to confirm it. Norilsk is expected to continue to be contaminated in the surrounding waters and soil for decades. By 3 June more than 800 cubic meters of contaminated land were removed and 262 tons of fuel from the local waters were pumped.
Svetlana Radionova, Head of Rosprirodnadzor Environmental Watchdog, said Wednesday, "The maximum permitted level [of contaminant] has been observed by tens of thousands in water areas."
The event could have a catastrophic effect on local wildlife, with WWF-Russia warning that the outbreak would likely affect the health of local fish , birds and wild mammals.
Alexei Knitschnikov, Head of the WWF Environmental Program for Business Responsibility Russia, said in a statement "Diesel fuel is more toxic than oil and the current circumstances appear as massive."
The situation was unhappy with Russian president Vladimir Putin. The Russian authorities have only been informed by images which were spread over social media two days after it started, reports TASS, the Russian State news agency. The delayed response to the crisis led the Russian President to scold in very public lambasting local officials in the Russian region of Krasnoyarsk.
"Two days later, why did the officials learn this? Will we learn about social networks' emergencies? Have you got something or a problem? "Poutine said at Wednesday's video conference.
Putin declared a federal state of emergency after the meeting to deal with the situation. Furthermore, three criminal cases of land deterioration, water pollution and breach of environmental protection laws were initiated against staff from the industrial facility.
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