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Norilsk Nickel caught dumping poisonous waste into rivers month after the catastrophic diesel leak

By The Siberian Times reporter
28 June 2020

Company’s bulldozer was in such rush to dismantle pipes after being filmed by ecologists that it crashed a police car.

Norilsk Nickel’s workers stopped the pumps and rushed to dismantle the pipes, accidentally crashing a police car that brought prosecutors from Norilsk. Picture: Yelena Kostyuchenko, Novaya Gazeta

A major illegal discharge of toxic waste from the Talnakh enrichment plant’s tailing dump was stopped in Norilsk. 

Journalists Yelena Kostyuchenko and Yuri Kozyrev from Novaya Gazeta newspaper, and a team of ecologists filmed two large pipes dumping poisonous water from the factory’s tailings storage into River Kharaelakh, Lake Pyasino and on the surrounding tundra. 

They raised the alarm with local police and emergency services, and streamed live videos of poisonous water charging out of the pipes via social media and through the newspaper’s website.

Norilsk Nickel’s workers stopped the pumps and rushed to dismantle the pipes, accidentally crashing a police car that brought prosecutors from Norilsk.  

A major illegal discharge of toxic waste from the Talnakh enrichment plant’s tailing dump was stopped in Norilsk. Video credit Mariya Ryabinina 

The toxic waste has been pumped into the tundra for a long while, TASS news agency reported citing its sources in law enforcement. 

‘A mobile pump with two rubber pipes some 400mm in diameter was found at the site. The pumping continued for a long time, it was established by external signs.

It was impossible to figure out the limits of the spill due to the site being swampy’, the agency reported. 

This latest environmental disaster follows a spill of 21,000 tons of diesel splashed from a damaged fuel tank into the rivers Ambarnaya and Daldykan and onto the surrounding tundra last month. 

Pictures of red-coloured rivers of diesel outside Norilsk went around the world, with the disaster described as the worst ecological catastrophe in the Arctic.

Norilsk Nickel caught dumping poisonous waste into rivers and tundra a month after the catastrophic 21,000 ton diesel leak.


Norilsk Nickel caught dumping poisonous waste into rivers and tundra a month after the catastrophic 21,000 ton diesel leak.


Norilsk Nickel caught dumping poisonous waste into rivers and tundra a month after the catastrophic 21,000 ton diesel leak.
Norilsk Nickel caught dumping poisonous waste into rivers and tundra a month after the catastrophic 21,000 ton diesel leak. Pictures: Vasily Ryabinin


Norilsk Nickel company - the ultimate owner of the diesel storage - has insisted it was successful in stemming the pollution and in preventing the toxic waste from reaching the Arctic Ocean. 

However several teams of ecologists and journalists were stopped by Norilsk Nickel’s security from carrying independent measurements of levels of contamination in rivers and lakes around the city. 

Yesterday State Duma MP Sergey Mitrokhin was stopped at Norilsk airport as he boarded a flight to Novosibirsk, and banned from taking samples of water and soil from the Pyasina and Lake Pyasino. 

The MP was told that only Norilsk Nickel could decide on material leaving the city.

Comments (2)

Russian government prosecutes polluters while here in the USA, our EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has its budget cut. If this happened here, no one in charge would care.
Stephen Kastl, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
03/07/2020 09:05
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This is really sick... Congratulations to the courageous journalists and ecologists for simply doing their work. What a brilliant job in getting this illegal behaviour out into the open for the public eye and reporting it to the police. Congratulations as well to the State Duma MP for taking immediate action.

Great Karma that the Norilsk Nickel’s bulldozer crashed a police car. Hopefully now this company carrying out illegal and criminal acts coupled with it's lobbying methods will be prosecuted with the maximum sentence at Government level..

It's disgraceful; where is this company's conscience? And where are all the global environmental activists???


Anonymous, Switzerland
28/06/2020 21:59
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