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Detoxifying the Arctic - 10,600 tons of waste removed from Franz Josef Land archipelago

By The Siberian Times reporter
03 January 2018

$10.3 million clean-up operation removes junk that has polluted remote polar islands since Soviet times.

Arctic waste clean-up operation. Picture: Russian Arctic National Park

A target of 8,000 tons of waste had been set by the Ministry of Natural Resources but the purge on pollution exceeded this by 20%.

Two areas of Graham Bell island were cleared of toxic waste. 

The island of Hooker was also ‘almost completely cleared’ in the vicinity of Tikhaya Bay.

Cleaning of Heiss island and Alexandra Land was completed. 

Detoxifying the Arctic - 10,600 tons of waste removed from Franz Josef Land archipelago 


Detoxifying the Arctic - 10,600 tons of waste removed from Franz Josef Land archipelago 
Much of the debris was linked to Soviet era military stations. Pictures: Russian Arctic National Park


Pictures show the junk accumulated over many decades being removed after it was bagged by ecological workers. 

A survey was also conducted of the islands during the 2017 summer season to identify further sites of waste for future clearing. 

In all since 2012, more than 50,000 tons of waste has been removed from the archipelago. 

Much of the debris was linked to Soviet era military stations. 

More was from polar stations in the remote islands. 

The clean-up comes as climate change is resulting in a significant ice melt on Franz Josef Land. 

Comments (4)

Good start but this is less than half of the story. What is Russia going to doo with that big mountain of waste?
Tom, Rotterdam, Netherlands
09/01/2018 08:01
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It was on August 16 (29), 1914 at “Hertha Rock”, Cape Flora that
Captain of the First Rank Ishak Ibragimovich Islyamov of
the Russian Imperial Navy conquested Franz Josef Land
from Austria Hungary under the name of “Romanov Land”.
Mark Seidenberg, Fresno, California, USA
07/01/2018 04:41
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And just to add one more thought to Benedikt's comment, I hope this positive example will be followed all over the world.
Pamela K Tetarenko, League City, USA
05/01/2018 18:05
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good for them. and let's hope it will carry on until the last piece of junk,rotten wood,old fuel and unused or useless bits and pieces are removed.
Benedikt MORAK, Moscow
03/01/2018 18:20
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