Russia to allocate 640 million rubles for Franz Josef Land clean-up operations
Currently, the Franz Josef Land contains about 100,000 metric tons of pollutants. In all, 637 million rubles will be spent on clean-up operations this year, and an additional 740 million rubles will be allocated in 2014, Russia’s Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Denis Khramov said on Thursday.
“A study of the islands has revealed that they contain about 80,000 metric tons of pollutants. This sum total does not include pollutants on the Heiss and Rudolf Islands, which, judging by helicopter photos, contain over 20,000 metric tons of pollutants.
Therefore we can say there are an estimated 100,000 metric tons,” the Deputy Minister said at an international conference in Salekhard on problems in the Arctic.
In 2012 work was carried out to clean Hooker Island, while 8,000 metric tons of pollutants removed from Alexandra Land Island. 50 hectares of land were also recultivated. There are plans to conduct clean-up operations on Alexandra Land and the Rudolf, Heiss, Hofmann and Graham Bell Islands in 2013. As in 2012, 8,000 metric tons of pollutants will be dealt with, and 34 hectares of local territory recultivated.