WWF assessed the risk of spill of aviation fuel on the Taimyr Peninsula
A spill of aviation fuel on the Taimyr Peninsula is much less dangerous than oil spill, the CHP-3 in Norilsk, however, it shows a systemic problem of risk management of environmental pollution, according to the program Manager for environmental responsibility world wildlife Fund (WWF) of Russia Alexey Knizhnikov.
Earlier it was reported that on Sunday afternoon when pumping fuel from the barge to the production warehouse, located in the heart of the village Touchard, depressurization of the pipeline "of Nobelstrasse" (belongs to "Norilsk Nickel") and a slick of aviation fuel capacity of more than 44 tons on the territory of the helipad and adjacent area. The regional Prosecutor's office began checking, and the regional Directorate of the investigation Committee opened a criminal case under article about infringement of rules of protection of the environment by manufacture of works. The authorities have introduced emergency municipal character.
"According to our estimates, according to information from the scene, from the rescuers, the accident on the volume and speed of localization is less dangerous (than CHP at CHP-3 in Norilsk - ed.). The fact that it is only 44.5 tons, got it all into the Nameless lake with an area of only 600 square meters. According to rescuers, this lake is closed, i.e. it is not connected with the river system, so we don't see proliferation threats of pollution in the river... Overflowed aviation kerosene is a light fraction, she does not sink, and its easier to collect from water surface," - said the Scribes RIA Novosti.
According to the expert, information on incident arrived promptly and at the scene of the accident very promptly arrived rescuers from Murmansk who previously worked at CHP at CHP-3. Were installed booms applied sorbent for collecting impurities from the surface of the water and soil, which facilitates the elimination of pollution.
"From the point of view of responsiveness, the accident (action on the elimination of its consequences – ed.) is worthy of praise," - said the Agency interlocutor.
At the same time, according to him, this example shows that the system of risk management seriously lame.
"In this case is not important the amount of accidents and as quickly liquidated and visible systemic problem with the accident rate. The business in the first place needs to stop and solve problems, and we are one month observed the third emergency situation," - said the Scribes.
He recalled about the incident at CHP-3, as well as contact with contaminated liquids into the environment at the Talnakh concentrator.
One of the tanks storing diesel fuel at TPP-3 (NTEC, part of the group Norilsk Nickel) Norilsk may 29 was damaged due to the subsidence of the supports of the Foundation, a leak occurred about 21 thousand tons of oil products. MMC believes the main cause of the accident, the warming in the permafrost, which resulted in the movement of the supports under the fuel tanks. According to the company, MMC Norilsk Nickel has financed works on liquidation of consequences of the accident in the amount of 6 billion rubles.
At the end of June, there was a discharge of process water at the Talnakh enrichment plant in Norilsk. According to the results of an internal investigation, "Norilsk Nickel" announced that was revealed two episodes of unauthorised draining of process water, they will not cause significant harm to the environment, however, the factory management fired.