There is no threat of leakage from the Talnakh enrichment plant in Norilsk, the Norilsk Nickel press service said. A few hours ago, emergency services reported the dumping of waste from the factory into the tundra. Law enforcement agencies conduct checks on the fact of what happened.
“Operational measures have been taken to stop the discharge of water. An official investigation is being conducted into the incident. Supervisory and regulatory bodies work on the spot. There is no threat of waste leakage (tailings), ”the company’s press service told Kommersant.
Vasily Ryabinin, a former employee of the Norilsk Rosprirodnadzor, activists of Greenpeace and Novaya Gazeta journalists found the dumping of waste from the factory into the Kharaelakh river and Lake Pyasino. They videotaped the fact of the reset and called law enforcement.
According to Novaya Gazeta, the Norilsk Nickel security service and workers’ companies also arrived at the waste disposal site. Now the latter dismantle the pipes through which the waste was pumped.
When dismantled, the Norilsk Nickel tractor crushed one of the police cars, Novaya Gazeta writes. The unsuccessful maneuver of equipment was confirmed by Interfax in the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in the Krasnoyarsk Territory. “According to preliminary information, the tractor driver was not convinced of the maneuver, as a result of which he drove into the car,” the press service said.
Over the past month, this is not the first environmental violation recorded at enterprises owned by Norilsk Nickel. On May 29, as a result of depressurization of one of the tanks of the Norilsk CHPP-3 NTEC, more than 21 thousand tons of diesel fuel fell into the water and land. Several criminal cases have been instituted on the fact of the accident, including against local authorities and the NTEC leadership.
The consequences of the accident can be found in Kommersant’s article “The spill in Norilsk flooded the entire private business.”