More than 6.5 thousand km of rivers in the Far East are polluted by gold miners

The rivers were monitored from March 15 to October 15 this year in six regions of the Far East (Far East

) organization "Rivers without Borders" with the supportWWF Russia and the Presidential Grants Fund, as well as the People to Nature project. In the course of the work, rivers in Transbaikalia, Amur Region, Jewish Autonomous Region, Khabarovsk, Primorsky and Kamchatka Territories were investigated.

According to the results of observations, 205 cases of pollution were detected. More than half of them are in the Amur Region: there the total length of the contaminated sites is 3.921 thousand kilometers.

In second place is Transbaikalia. There were 50 cases of violations identified, and the length of the contaminated sites exceeded 2 thousand kilometers. In the Khabarovsk Territory, gold miners polluted about 494 kilometers of rivers, in Kamchatka - 105 kilometers, in the Jewish Autonomous Region and in the Primorsky Territory, pollution spread over 70 and 20 kilometers, respectively.

Based on the results of observations, the perpetrators were dischargedfines for 3.6 million rubles. Of this amount, more than 2.1 million rubles fell on the Amur Region. Claims were also filed for compensation in the amount of almost 16.4 million rubles.

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