Over 200 tons of hazardous waste were taken from Steel Plant in Angara

Specialists were taken from the former Angarsk Steel Plant (AMZ) in the Irkutsk region of more than 200 tons of hazardous waste and contaminated soil with arsenic, which allowed the city to secure a nearby Svirsk of about 13.5 thousand people, told RIA Novosti on Friday, the head of the environmental project Andrei Bogdanov .

Angara metallurgical plant to produce arsenic (standing on the bank of Angara) worked Svirsk in 1934-1949 years. In 1949, production was halted, and the company abandoned. In this case, removal and cleaning of the equipment had not been conducted. At the plant remains of more than 100 tons of arsenic contained in the construction of the building and grounds.

Drafting of waste management AMZ by scientists of the Irkutsk State Technical University (ISTU) led by professor of mineral processing and environmental engineering university Andrei Bogdanov.

"At present, with the former steel plant Angarsk removed all hazardous waste and contaminated soil. Plot with an area of 13 hectares planted with fescue grass. Planted around the perimeter of the Berlin Poplars (the latter do not allow soil erosion)," — said Bogdanov.

ISTU said that the territory was taken AMZ 150,000 tonnes of arsenic cinders (scrap AMZ), about 16,000 tons of construction waste, 40,000 tons of contaminated soil. All this is delivered to the site "North-5", located 22 kilometers from Svirsk where there is work on the construction of the sarcophagus for the disposal of hazardous waste. It is assumed that the landfill will begin in June of this year.

The project for the disposal of arsenic-containing waste in Svirsk AMZ in 2009 was included in the federal program for the elimination of hazardous contaminants "National System of chemical and biological security of the Russian Federation." Financing of operations carried out also by the regional program "Protection of the environment in the Irkutsk region." Besides ISTU, involved in the project as the Scientific Research and Design Institute, "Technology of mineral processing." Mechanical demolition special technique conducted Kuzbass specialized management for production blasting.

In 2013, scientists will continue to work in Svirsk, they are going to clean the earth of harmful metals.

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