Murmansk Region Invests $16 mln in Ecology Projects

The Murmansk Region allocated about 1 billion rubles ($16 million) for ecology projects under the regional state program, the Murmansk Region’s Prosecutor Vasily Shcherbakov told a meeting on the nature’s protection, in which Russia’s Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika participated.

“In order to prevent negative consequences, the region has adopted a state program, which covers waste treatment and environmental activities to handle the gained ecology damage,” the regional prosecutor said. “In 2017, the region allocated for the program’s implementation about 1 billion rubles.”

The prosecutor stressed importance of natural protection in the Arctic regions. He pointed to mining companies, which affect the ecology there. In the Murmansk Region continue working 36 companies at more than 60 big fields of mineral resources. “The companies, extracting mineral resources, affect the nature, including waters of the White and Barents Seas,” he said.

At the same time, mining companies invest big money in making production cycles more ecology-friendly. Nornickel’s Kola MMC (mining and metallurgical company) continues an effective project to process salt drainage to cut the emissions there. According to the prosecutor, the company had spent 8 billion rubles ($127 million) to upgrade the production cycle. EuroChem’s Kovdorskiy MMC continues works to restore the shore and water protection zones and to offer new emission standards.

However, the prosecutor pointed to violations of the nature protection legislation in the Murmansk Region.

Prosecutor inspections have revealed polluted drainage and emissions, inadequate reports on emissions and lacking licenses.