The area of soil contamination with oil products in Russia in 2011 increased almost twice in comparison with the previous year and amounted to about 72 thousand hectares, told RIA Novosti on Monday the head of the center "Antistikhia" MES of Russia Vladislav Bolov.
According to MOE, now in the country, there are more than 10,000 potentially hazardous sites, with 70% of them are located in 146 cities of more than 100,000 people each.
The vast majority of VET in operation 40-50 years ago. When normative operation and 15 years of chemical-processing equipment to date repeatedly worked out their resources, obsolete and physically worn out.
"The total area of soil pollution by oil and petroleum products in the Russian Federation amounted to 71.484 thousand hectares, which is 1.6 times higher than in 2010 (44.659 thousand hectares)," — said Bolov.
According to him, such incidents have been reported in Yakutia, Udmurtia, Transbaikal, Perm Territories, Amur, Omsk, Saratov, Samara, Orenburg, Ulyanovsk, Nizhny Novgorod and Kurgan regions and the Khanty-Mansi and Yamal-Nenets autonomous districts.
To soil contamination with oil products continue to result wear and tear, transport accidents and illegal tapping.
"The sources of pollution as a warehouse storage of chemical plant protection products (pesticides), waste production and consumption in the territory of Adygea, Tuva, Bashkortostan, Primorye, the Perm edge, Chelyabinsk, Orenburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Kirov, Novgorod, Voronezh, Sakhalin, Nizhny Novgorod region, Yamal -Nenets "- added Bolov.