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Norilsk Nickel says 435 people and 207 units of equipment working to clean spill in Arctic

Christian Fernsby ▼ | June 30, 2020
As of 29 June, 33,031 cu m of water and fuel mixture has been collected. Of this amount, 25,563 cu m has been collected from bodies of water.
Norilsk Nickel Arctic
Spill   Norilsk Nickel Arctic
A total of 157,929 t of contaminated soil has been removed and hauled to disposal sites at HPP-3 (including 4,620 t in the past 24 hours).

Topics: Norilsk Nickel Arctic

118.7 km of bank line and 228,720 sq m of contaminated area have been treated with sorbents. A total of 324.4 t of soil treated with sorbents has been removed (including 34.4 t in the past 24 hours).

435 people and 207 units of equipment are working on the site to clean up the spill.

On June 28, 2020, at 8:20, to avoid any possible damage from clarified industrial water found overflowing from a sump at the Talnakh Concentrator, the plant’s personnel chose to pump the water to an adjacent site. This decision constituted a gross violation of the factory’s operational protocols.

The responsible personnel have been suspended and Nornickel has opened an internal investigation. The company is cooperating with Russia’s ecology watchdog Rosprirodnadzor and the Ministry of Emergency Situations to monitor the situation and assess whether any damage has occurred.