Environmentalists hope to deliver on the promise to close the Baikal Pulp and Paper Mill

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Russia hopes to fulfill the government's decision on the gradual closure of the Baikal Pulp and Paper Mill (BPPM), which said on Wednesday Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich, but fund recalls that the closure of the plant has already been said many times, said RIA Novosti the head of WWF in Russia Igor Chestin.

"The thing that was said about it closing times. Once this plant is closed, no one is hurt. Unemployment on the exchange has not increased. But then for some reason decided to open it again, although this is completely at a loss: it worked part-time. hope that this time no one will take such decisions, "- said the Chestin.

In October 2008, BPPM, who brews cellulose, stopped as he was forbidden to dump industrial waste water into the lake and use chlorine in the bleaching of pulp. With the introduction of the ban could combine work only with closed water system, in which a highly profitable production of bleached pulp impossible.

However, in January 2010, the Russian government has excluded the production of pulp, paper and cardboard from the list of prohibited activities in the central ecological zone of the Baikal natural territory, allowing BPPM resume after eighteen months of inactivity.

Lake Baikal — the deepest lake in the world. Its average depth is about 730 meters, the maximum depth of the famous lake — 1637 meters. Lake Baikal contains about one fifth of the world's surface waters of the Earth (excluding the ice of Antarctica, Greenland and other glaciers), and more than four fifths of fresh water reserves in Russia. In 1996, the Baikal was included in the World Heritage List of UNESCO.

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