The Governor of the Krasnoyarsk Territory Alexander Uss asked the Russian government to allocate 190.9 billion rubles to the region to restore the environment and compensate for damage from the Norilsk Nickel accident with a diesel spill in May 2020. This was reported by RBC on April 21 with reference to a copy of the letter he sent on March 26 to Deputy Prime Minister Victoria Abramchenko.
The authenticity of the document was confirmed to the agency by a federal official. Abramchenko’s representative Marta Galicheva confirmed the receipt and authenticity of the letter, but did not comment on it.
According to the agency, Uss notes in the letter that the accident “caused colossal damage to the environment.” So, from June to October last year, studies were carried out, the results of which revealed cases of high and extremely high levels of pollution of surface waters with oil products and heavy metals. We also found cases of exceeding the background concentrations of similar pollutants in the soil and ground of water bodies.
The Governor believes that the region’s ecology requires comprehensive restoration. Also, according to him, measures are needed to improve the situation with emissions of pollutants in the region.
The official proposed to allocate money from the state budget within the framework of the state programs “Environmental Protection” and “Reproduction and Use of Natural Resources.” His list includes 50 events, 35 of which relate to Norilsk and the Taimyr Dolgan-Nenets municipal district, which were affected by the fuel spill. In monetary terms, he proposed to allocate two-thirds of the total amount to 13 projects in Krasnoyarsk.
The accident at TPP-3, owned by Norilsk Nickel’s subsidiary, NTEK, occurred on May 29, 2020. One of the storage tanks for diesel fuel was damaged due to a sharp subsidence of the foundation supports. As a result, about 21 thousand tons of fuel poured into the two rivers. A criminal case was opened, employees of the CHP plant were detained.
In September, the regional branch of Rosprirodnadzor filed a lawsuit against NTEK, demanding compensation for about 148 billion rubles for damage from an emergency. The claim was considered on December 29, NTEK made requests for forensic examinations, which were not appointed.
In early March of this year, NTEK fully paid a fine of 146.2 billion rubles for causing harm to the environment. The funds went to the federal budget. As noted by Abramchenko, according to the instructions of the President of Russia, the money will be directed to targeted environmental projects in Siberia, primarily to Norilsk and the Krasnoyarsk Territory.