Russia’s cargo spacecraft Progress MS-05 sets course towards ISSScience & Space February 22, 11:32
Poll shows surge in Putin’s favorable ratings among AmericansWorld February 22, 11:28
Diplomat warns attempts to cheat during intra-Syrian talks may affect political processRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 22, 11:10
World’s governing anti-doping body seeks Russia’s membership reinstatement — WADA chiefSport February 22, 11:03
Ukraine's former president says he never asked Russia to send troops to Ukraine in 2014World February 22, 10:33
Ousted Ukrainian leader Yanukovich proposes holding referendum on Donbass statusWorld February 22, 10:14
Iran plans to buy 12 Superjet-100 Russian aircraft in near future — ministerBusiness & Economy February 22, 8:24
Kiev proposes removing Russia’s veto power in UN Security CouncilWorld February 22, 2:31
Trump says saddened to learn of death of Russia’s Permanent Representative to UN ChurkinWorld February 22, 1:56
IRKUTSK, November 24 (Itar-Tass) — The Baikalsky pulp-and-paper mill (BPPM) will pay a fine of 11,900 million roubles for environmental damage inflicted on Lake Baikal, according to a ruling issued by the Federal arbitration court of the Eastern Siberia District on Wednesday, an official at the regional department of the Rosprirodnadzor (Federal Service for Supervision of Nature Resources) for Irkutsk Region told Itar-Tass on Thursday.
The court declined to grant an appeal about calling back the respective decision of the Irkutsk Region Court and the Fourth arbitrattion court of appeals. The funds enforced by the court are to be referred to the budget of Slyudyansk District of Irkutsk Region," the Rosprirodnadzor official pointed out.
In June this year, the Arbitration court of Irkutsk Region issued a ruling to levy 11,900 million roubles on BPPM under a suit filed by the Rosprirodnadzor department for Irkutsk Region. Breaches of the Federal Law on the Protection of Lake Baikal and the Russian governent's Decision 643, dated August 30, 2001, served as a legal ground for the decision to enforce the funds.
An inspection had revealed that the concentration of pollutants in the mill's effluents discharged into the Lake since May 2010 exceeded permissible norms for aluminium by 30 percent; those for suplhate ion were 1.6-5.4 times higher than the norms, suspended matter -- by a factor of 1.9-4, phenols -- 38-68 times over, turpentine -- 1.2 times over, petroleum products -- 1.1, and lignin was 3.6-15.5 times higher than the norm.