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IZHEVSK, March 22 (Itar-Tass) — The first part of the chemical waste that was illegally dumped in the Balezino district of Udmurtia is planned to be removed within two weeks to the Krasny Bor range near St. Petersburg, head of the Balezino district municipality Rishat Mukhgalimov said on Thursday.
“It was decided to start the collection of this substance on Friday or Saturday,” he said on local television. According to him, the date of the work beginning is linked with the supply from Kazan of IBC containers where the waste will be collected.
“The work will be carried out by Udmurt rescuers, and the Novocheboksarsk-based Khimprom plant will pay the costs,” Mukhgalimov said.
After the first phase of the works, the bitumen storage facility, gravel around it and the concrete structures will be examined.
Udmurtia Republic’s Hydrometeorology Centre told reporters that at present residents of the Balezino district are not in danger. The chief meteorologist, Alexei Berdnikov, said that gusty winds and possible defects in the concrete walls of the bitumen storage facility to which the hazardous substance may leak are the danger factors. But even in the worst case, he said, the poisoned liquid will not get into the nearest Cheptsa River, which runs two kilometres away from the danger zone.
Carbon tetrachloride waste from three tanks that, according to documents, were sent to the Khimprom company from Novocheboksarsk, were illegally dumped into a pit of bitumen at the idle asphalt concrete plant of the Balezino DRSU maintenance depot in December 2011. On March 14, 2012, criminal proceedings were instituted over this fact under Article 247 of the RF Criminal Code “Production of prohibited hazardous waste, transportation, storage and disposal of hazardous materials and waste.”
According to various departments, at present from 60 to 163 tonnes of carbon tetrachloride are in a covered pit of the bitumen storage facility. On March 22, a high alert regime was introduced in the Balezino town, and a local state of emergency – at the waste dumping facility.
Carbon tetrachloride waste is a highly toxic substance of the second class of danger, which destroys the ozone layer. It is extremely dangerous to humans - toxic by inhalation, ingestion through the gastrointestinal tract or the skin and mucous membranes. In large doses it causes severe degenerative changes in the liver, kidneys, heart and other organs and may result (after prolonged exposure) in coma and even death.