Environmentalists suspect BPPM in illegal dumping of waste on the shores of Lake Baikal

Baikal Pulp and Paper MillEmployees of the public ecological organization "Baikal Environmental Wave" (BEV) suspect Baikal Pulp and Paper Mill in that plant stores the illegal industrial waste on the shores of Lake Baikal, in a statement posted on Friday, Bev. BPPM denied this.

"On Friday, officers found BEV illegal dumping of industrial waste BPPM. Landfill is located near the federal highway, near a residential village Solzan. Discovered waste sludge presumably lignin of a few tons are stored directly on the ground, around the card-slurry tank" — said environmentalists in a statement.

BPPM representative denied reports environmentalists. "We did not know what was going on," — he told RIA Novosti.

About landfill environmentalists reported Rosprirodnadzor and prosecutors.

"We hope that the test will occur on Monday and addressed by this dump will be taken," — said the representative of BEV Marina Rikhvanova.

According to Bev, sludge lagoons BPPM crowded, so decided to combine their store next to the industrial site.

According gosdokladu "The state of Lake Baikal and the measures for its protection in 2007," is now the most dangerous waste ponds BPPM. By the time of entry into service BPPM in the 60's of last century, there was no developed technology for processing sludge. So they decided to temporarily store them in liquid form for ten years. For this purpose built 14 tailings pond. In 2000, they began to reclaim the BPPM, but work stopped in 2009, when the mill stopped working.

Baikal pulp and paper mill began operation in 1966. In late 2008, at the request of RPN BPPM suspended production of bleached pulp and switched to a closed water cycle, which made production unprofitable, resulting in production was halted in November 2008. 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, paving the way for the reopening of the plant.

BPPM resurrected in early July 2010, after one and a half years of inactivity, dumping sewage into the lake. This decision led to protests of environmental organizations, as well as UNESCO, because Baikal was included in the list of World Natural Heritage. In late October 2010, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin instructed to study the issue of the transfer in 2011 of the Baikal pulp and paper mill closed loop water circulation.

Meanwhile, the Arbitration Court of Irkutsk Region on December 22 introduced at the Baikal Pulp and Paper Mill external control procedures for a period up to 22 June 2012.

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