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Pulp and Paper mill allowed to pollute Baikal's waters for another three years
27.01.2010 23:53
Pulp and Paper mill allowed to pollute Baikal's waters for another three years

The pulp and paper mill standing on the shores of the world's deepest lake Baikal is given three years to develop and install the pollution free technology. Thus, the mill is allowed to restart production despite the harm caused by the enterprise.
      Baykalsk Pulp and Paper Mill was constructed in 1966, directly on the shore line, bleaching paper with chlorine and discharging waste into Baikal. After decades of protest, the plant was closed in November 2008. In March 2009 the plant owner announced the paper mill would never reopen.
      A public campaign to close or convert the mill, built on the shores of the world's largest freshwater lake in 1966, failed because of the collapse of the Soviet Union.
      The mill is a core company for the town of Baikalsk, population of 17 000 people.
      The plant's private shareholders had spent some 1 billion rubles ($33 mln) on wages and benefits for the employees, thermal and electricity supplies to Baikalsk where the mill is located and work to restart the plant. Reopening the plant is the only way to save he town, say experts.
      The operation of the enterprise employing 2000 workers was suspended in October 2008, when it switched to the closed water cycle system which made production unprofitable.


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