In the reserve, "Franz Josef Land" can happen is a real ecological disaster, if not focusing efforts on cleaning areas and eliminate waste accumulated over decades.
As described in yesterday's press-service national park "Russian Arctic" The clearing of the archipelago are underway with the previous year. Now identified the six most contaminated sites reserve: Alexandra Land island, Hayes, Hooker, Graham-Bell, Rudolph and Hoffmann. To these areas in the first place labor landed troops.
In total, the Franz Josef Land is nearly 400,000 barrels, which contain up to 60 thousand tons of oil products. Plus, the cast is a huge amount of solid waste that pollute 80,000 cubic meters of land. Among the "garbage", for example, 193 cars, six lines and planes, and 700 tanks.
The most serious environmental situation on the island Graham Bell, where the total area of contamination is 50 hectares. In Soviet times there was a long-range aviation regiment, was a runway. When the military withdrew, infrastructure just left without conservation. Environmentalists say that here there is a strong coastal erosion and warehouse with containers filled with oil, are in the water. Therefore, if there is to hold spring cleaning, it is possible to prevent an ecological disaster.
On the island of Hoffmann also a very dangerous situation: some barrels of fuel in frozen into ice. For this reason it is impossible to understand the condition of the vessel. Inventory can lead to oil spills.
It is expected that this year's major work on the clean-up of fuel and solid waste will be held on the islands of Graham Bell and Hayes. The islands and Rudolf Hoffmann should begin preparatory work for further purification of these sites. On the islands of Hooker and Alexandra Land planned to complete the removal of debris, begun last year.
To impose order on the Franz Josef Russian government has allocated half a billion rubles for two years — 2012 and 2013-th-th. Just last year, of this amount was utilized 55% of funds.