Russia to continue Arctic waste disposal program: Medvedev
Russia will continue to dispose of waste that has accumulated in the Arctic, including on Wrangel Island, said Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.“This year has been declared the Year of the Environment in Russia; we are drafting a special program to clear up accumulated environmental damage and continue our Arctic cleanup efforts,” Medvedev told a meeting of heads of government of the member states of the Barents / Euro-Arctic Council.
“We have already removed waste from Alexandra Land and Bely Island, and we are currently working on Graham Bell Island and in the town of Amderma. The next stage is Wrangel Island. So this work will continue in our country as; we consider it to be very important,” the Prime Minister assured the audience.
Medvedev said environmental protection issues would also be discussed at the upcoming “The Arctic – Territory of Dialogue” conference, scheduled to be held in Salekhard, Russia, in September. He invited everyone to take part in the forum.