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Russian Mayor Charged Over Failure to Contain Arctic Spill

Russian Mayor Charged Over Failure to Contain Arctic Spill”

It is the largest ever to have hit the Arctic, say environmentalists.

They included dead muskrats and ducks, he said.

As of writing, Deutsche Welle reported that Russian investigators have already charged Vyacheslav Starostin - director of the Norilsk power plant - with neglecting and violating environmental protection rules. If charged, they would risk up to five years in prison.

The expansion of factories, originally built by slave laborers in the gulag under Stalin, produces about a fifth of the world's nickel and half of the world's palladium, a precious metal used in catalytic converters for pipeline pollution control. automobile exhaust. Reuters said the company responded, "The power station managers are working with law enforcement officials, and would be much more useful on the cleanup site".

"If a bird lands on the diesel fuel or a muskrat swims through it, it is condemned to death", he said. To this list, we need to add the vulnerability of the Arctic to oil spills.

The charges are to be brought and the measure of restraint to be chosen soon, the statement reads.

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After this "mechanical" stage, other methods will have to be used to absorb the rest of the diesel or cause it to break down, Bronnikov said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has declared a state of emergency after an estimated 18,000 tonnes of diesel fuel poured out of a fuel tank and into a nearby river.

Russian investigators on Wednesday detained three managers of an Arctic power station in connection with a huge fuel spill last month, as wind, rain and cold complicated the clean-up.

"As a result the accident occurred", the statement said.

The company has said that the fuel-storage tank was repaired in 2017 and 2018, after which it went through a safety audit. The BBC described the freshwater lake as being about 45 miles long, serving as a basin for the Pyasina River that flows toward the Arctic Ocean. Last week, a spokesperson for the company told AFP that the spilled fuel had been contained, and in a video conference held yesterday, Norilsk Nickel officials said samples taken from the lake showed "0.0 per cent contamination". One of the power plant's fuel reservoirs sprung a leak after its pillars collapsed, probably due to permafrost below the plant thawing amidst record-levels of environmental warming.



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