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13 Jul 2020

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Russia: Norilsk Nickel fires management of Talnakh factory for dumping waste into tundra

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Norilsk Nickel fired management of Talnakh factory near Norilsk for dumping waste into tundra, 13 July 2020

Norilsk Nickel fired the director, chief engineer and deputy chief engineer for operation, industrial and environmental safety of Talnakh enrichment plant (TOF) for draining contaminated water from the factory's tailings dump, which Novaya Gazeta journalists wrote about.

"During the investigation, two episodes of unauthorized discharge of technical water from the tailings pond of the Pacific Fleet into the adjacent territory through flexible pipelines using floating pumping stations were identified,” the company said in a statement. At the same time, management notes that it does not have documentary evidence that similar violations were committed previously, but does not exclude manifestations of negligence in the past...

According to data of Dolgano-Nenets region, the fuel spill has been localized, the contaminated area of ​​soil has been treated with sorbent...

Journalists from Novaya Gazeta reported on June 28 that Talnakh processing plant was dumping contaminated water into the tundra, which was used in mining and processing production. The water flowed into Kharaelakh River, and then into Lake Pyasino...