Finding cost-efficient solutions to remediate the pollution from a large waste landfill Krasnyi Bor in St. Petersburg, Russia, is the main reason for a study visit to the site today. Experts from Estonia, Finland, Germany, Russia and Sweden will be joined by representatives of national environmental administrations, international financial institutions, NGOs as well as regional and federal environmental authorities of Russia. The study visit is organized by the Committee for Nature Use, Environmental Protection and Ecological Safety of the City of St. Petersburg.Krasnyi Bor waste landfill area. Photo from HELCOM BASE Project report, Status of HELCOM Hot Spots in Russia. The alarming situation of the toxic waste landfill Krasnyi Bor located in the vicinity of the city of St. Petersburg was discussed at the last HELCOM Annual in March. HELCOM , which is the subsidiary body responsible for matters related to land based pollution of the Baltics Sea, was mandated in April to consider the situation around the “Hot Spot”. As a result, the visitors will explore today the site itself in order to discuss the most acute aspects of the problem as well as elaborate further plans of the possible involvement of the international experts and financial institutions into the joint effort on remediation of the site.The plan for the day is to visit both the covered and open storages with toxic wastes. The participants will also check the water treatment facility and discuss its operation as well as visit the water drainage system of the landfill including internal and encircling channels, water collectors, accumulating ponds and other elements.The list of HELCOM – significant pollution sites around the Baltic Sea – was originally established in the beginning of 1990s, as a part of HELCOM’s efforts to foster international cooperation and coordination to resolve the most acute environmental problems of the Baltic Sea. Since then, three quarters of the Hot Spots have been removed from the list due to systematic mitigation work by the coastal states. Nonetheless, some of the polluting sites still remain on the HELCOM agenda. * * * Note for editorsWorking to safeguard the marine environment from pollution and ensure safe navigation in the Baltic Sea, acts as the governing body of the 1974 Helsinki Convention. HELCOM’s official name is the Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission. * * * For more information, please contact:Dmitry Frank-Kamenetsky Professional Secretary HELCOM Tel: +358 40 630 9933 E-mail: dmitry.frank-kamenetsky(at)helcom.fi Daria Golovinova Consular of the Chair of the Committee Sector for international cooperation and environmental education The Committee for Nature Use, Environmental Protection and Ecological SafetyCity of St. Petersburg, RussiaTel: +7 812 417 59 39E-mail: golovinova(at)kpoos.gov.spb.ru
Finding cost-efficient solutions to remediate the pollution from a large waste landfill Krasnyi Bor in St. Petersburg, Russia, is the main reason for a study visit to the site today.