MOSCOW, September 25 (Itar-Tass) —— More than 50 billion roubles will be allocated under a federal program to build water treatment facilities in the vicinity of Lake Baikal, Russian Minister of Natural Resources Igor Trutnev said on Sunday.
“Starting from this year, a federal target program has been elaborated. More than 50 billion roubles will be allocated under this program to build water treatment facilities, so I an absolutely sure that Lake Baikal will be getting more and more pure as years pass by,” he said at a national media forum organized by the ruling United Russia party.
In his words, not very much is currently done to treat the lake waters, and its key pollutant is the paper mill. The minister urged to shift the mill to a closed cycle, or “better to change its line of business.”
The latter scenario, according to the minister, is possible only when all the mill’s employees are provided with new jobs. “It is tempting to take simple decision but it is impossible to lay off about 2,000 people employed with the Baikal paper mill having offered them new jobs,” he said.