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Petrochemicals get in Vyatka River after train derailment in Kirov Region

February 06, 2014, 14:46 UTC+3

Watchdog experts believe that there is no threat to residents’ health

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Vyatka River

Vyatka River

© ITAR-TASS / Grigory Sysoyev

KIROV, February 6. /ITAR-TASS/. Petrochemicals have been found in the river Vyatka at the site of gas condensate spilling, the press service of Kirov Region government reported.

Experts from Federal Service for Supervision of Nature Resources, Federal Service for Consumer Rights Protection and Human Welfare, ecological department and the Kirov Center of hydrometeorology and monitoring of environment collected samples of water at the site of the accident, as well as upstream and downstream in 200 meters from the accidental spilling. “The samples’ analysis results show that there are petrochemicals in the spot of accidental gas condensate spilling and downstream of the Vyatka River, which points to a specific impact on the river,” the press service reported.

The watchdogs will give their estimates upon the discovered facts.

Meanwhile, water samples in the area of the Novovyatsky district arboretum, well on the way from the accident site to the water intake structure, did not show limit exceedance of petroleum products.

The regional government’s press service said that data obtained after today’s tests of samples taken at the water intake system also showed low containing of petrochemicals in samples, which are 0.1-0.13 of the statutory limit.

On Wednesday and on Thursday, tests of air were made on the spot of the accident and nearby. Experts of Russia’s consumer rights watchdog said that on February 5 statutory limits of industrial emissions and hydrocarbon were not exceeded in the samples taken in the residential area and in the area affected by the accident. Watchdog experts believe that there is no threat to residents’ health.

According to specialists, gas condensate is a particle set free from natural gas that appears as a mixture of high-boiling liquid carbohydrates. Gas condensate is raw material for producing motor fuel and is also used in chemical industry. When it contacts the environment, a quick evaporation of high volatile particles of gas condensate occurs, and its toxicity declines. The remaining compounds partly dissolve in water and undergo processes of physic-chemical and biological destruction.


Railroad accident

32 wagons derailed in northern Russia’s Kirov region, gas condensate spilled
The railway incident occurred at around 05:00 Moscow time on Wednesday (01:00 GMT) at Pozdino railway station in Novovyatsky district of the city of Kirov. Thirty-two wagons of a freight train with gas condensate derailed and 12 wagons caught fire then. No victims or injured were reported. EMERCOM says burning of this product does not pose any ecological hazard, neither any health risks.

According to the preliminary version of the prosecutor’s office, the fire was caused by the contact system breakage.

About 700 people were evacuated from the area of the accident.

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