Chita and Ulan-Ude named as the two worst polluted cities in Russia

Yet nickel capital Norilsk – the city with the highest industrial emissions – does not feature in the top ten. On 34 occasions Chita exceeded the maximum allowable concentration of benzopyrene, and 21 times transgressed the legal limit for suspended solids. Picture: Valentina Dymchenko

Most polluted city in Russia in 2015 was Chita, capital of the TransBaikal region, according to agency Rosstat, the Federal State Statistics Service. On 34 occasions it exceeded the maximum allowable concentration of benzopyrene, and 21 times transgressed the legal limit for suspended solids.

In second place was Ulan-Ude, capital of the Republic of Buryatia, which on  24 times exceeded permitted  benzopyrene levels. In fourth place was Beloyarsky, in western Siberia’s Khanty-Mansi autonomous region, which transgressed in formaldehyde pollution.

The major industrial city of Krasnoyarsk took the ninth place. Twice in 2015, the concentration of hydrogen chloride was exceeded by 13 times.

Key industrial centres in the Urals were also blackspots for pollution. Magnitogorsk, Perm, Ufa, Nizhniy Tagil, Chelyabinsk and Yekaterinburg were all in the top ten list of worst polluted cities.

Norilsk – an Arctic city long seen as having a serious pollution problem – was not on the 2015 list.

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