WWF called for Potanin to take responsibility for the disaster in Norilsk

The representatives of the world wildlife Fund (WWF) of Russia wrote an open letter to the “Norilsk Nickel” and its General Director Vladimir Potanin. In his address, the environmentalists urged the company to take responsibility for the oil spill, the CHP-3 in Norilsk and immediately to ensure the whole complex of emergency measures on elimination of damage. “We believe that in the current situation, the management of the company, and you personally have to take full responsibility for what happened, an ecological disaster, and to promptly provide the whole set of emergency measures to eliminate the damage and prevent similar situations in the future at the expense of the company “Norilsk Nickel”, — stated in the letter. WWF added that the assessment of leading experts indicate that accidental spill at CHP-3 occurred because of serious shortcomings in the corporate governance system of MMC Norilsk Nickel in terms of environmental risk assessment and environmental security. Environmentalists expect from the management of the company as open positions and information about the causes and consequences of the accident and on the measures taken. Representatives WWFпопросили the company within 30 days submit to the public the results of the investigation of this disaster and prevention measures in the future, to assume all the costs for the rehabilitation program and recovery of disturbed ecosystems as well as immediately provide and publish in open access, the current plan for the prevention and elimination of oil spills to critical analysis and prepare recommendations for its processing. In addition, ecologists are asked to conduct hydrochemical and hydrobiological monitoring for an objective assessment of environmental damage, where special attention should be paid to the state of the Taimyr population of wild reindeer and fish and included in the medium-term business strategy of the company the task of complete cessation of use of different types of oil topLiva for energy and transport and the transition to liquefied natural gas (LNG). The organization also has asked Norilsk Nickel to report on the measures taken. As told RBC project Director, “Greenpeace Russia” Vladimir Chuprov, environmental damage to water bodies in the area of the accident, the CHP-3 can theoretically be up to 100 billion rubles. Recall that the accident at the CHP-3 in Norilsk took place on 29 may. Norilsk-Taimyr energy company NTPC has stated that the cause of the spill 21 thousand fuel from the tank began sagging due to the melting of permafrost pile. Estimates of Rosprirodnadzor, 6 kt hit the ground, and the remaining 15 thousand t — in the water. Polluted was the river Barn and Daldykan and almost all their tributaries. The total area of contamination was 180 thousand sq. m. On the given fact initiated four criminal cases. As part of the investigation was arrested the chief engineer of CHP-3 Alexei Stepanov, Deputy Yuri Kuznetsov, Director of the CHPP-3 Pavel Smirnov and the head of boiler-turbine shop CHP-3 Vyacheslav Starostin. It was also a criminal case of negligence against the chief state inspector of Department of the state mountain and industrial supervision in the Norilsk industrial area of the Yenisei control Rostekhnadzor Elena Novozhilova, as well as the mayor of Norilsk Rinat Ahmetshin. Potanin himself, commenting on the incident, said the accident was “difficult to foresee” because it happened due to the sudden subsidence of piles due to changes in permafrost state.

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