General cleaning of the Arctic continues

July 30th expedition of the Russian Geographical Society has gone from Arkhangelsk to eliminate environmental damage in the affected areas of the archipelago of Franz Josef Land. 

It has accumulated a ton for tens of years is not exported hazardous waste. This barrels of fuel, abandoned military vehicle and aircraft equipment, the remains of fuels and lubricants, radar antenna.

The first phase of large-scale works — Assessment of the level of pollution of the Arctic territories, was held in 2011.

Participants in the first phase went to the archipelago of Franz Josef Land on the freighter "Technologist Grooms’ and the research ship" Polaris "will be cleaned of debris Alexandra Island and Hooker. They will deliver to the Arctic heavy equipment: cranes, bulldozers, trucks, excavators, scientific equipment, expand the camp and industrial sites, as well as take on the "mainland" of about 65,000 barrels of oil.

the first results of the general cleaning of the Arctic 


The expedition — 140 participants: chemists, ecologists, welders, crane operators, drivers, construction workers. Most of them — from Arkhangelsk and Severodvinsk. A special service will protect scientists and workers from the attack of polar bears The animals on the islands, there are more than three thousand.

The expedition is designed for 2012-2013 gody.Ee participants will be engaged in recycling of fuels and lubricants, drums, technical remediation of contaminated soil, sorting garbage and solid waste, dismantling the dilapidated buildings.

It is also planned to assess the degree of contamination of the other islands of the archipelago, to conduct research on the polar fauna, environmental monitoring contaminated soil, and to explore the chemical composition of the spent fuel.


As the general director of the Research and Production Enterprise "Sevmorgeo" Michael Shkatov, the archipelago is a camp, built storage area for recovered waste. To clean the Arctic territories to apply the latest technologies: plasma cutting, as well as mobile units for the disposal of contaminated soil and solid fuel oil waste.

In 2013, during the second stage of the expedition will begin recycling waste on the island Graham Bell. The project will improve the condition of the fragile Arctic ecosystem and work out a unique technology remediation of contaminated sites. This is very important because Russia is planning to develop active in the exploration of the Arctic.



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