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On the Ground for toxic waste "Krasny Bor" near St.Petersburg, Russia fire broke out PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 23 June 2011 19:10

According to the press service of the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations , on the Ground Krasny Bor, near St. Petersburg, fire broke out. To extinguish the fire at the present time there are about a dozen fire trucks. Chemical laboratory of Ministry of Emergency Situations is reviewing the composition of air near Ground Krasny Bor. Presumably, the fire at the Ground Krasny Bor started today at 15:43 of Moscow time.

Residents of the southern districts of St. Petersburg is recommended not to go out and close all windows until the fire at the Ground will not be completely extinguished, as the burning of organic waste leads to emissions of harmful substances for people, which are easily carried by the wind.

According to the Ministry of Emergency Situations, fire was initially assigned to the second-highest rating of five-point scale. The danger is increased due to the fact, that the Ground Krasny Bor is the only one Ground in North-West region of Russia, which stores the most dangerous organic waste. According to experts, in the cemeteries of the Ground is more than half a million tonnes of organic waste, and this mass is constantly growing. From time to time in the Russian press there are reports, that the Ground Krasny Bor is on the verge of exhaustion of the area allotted to it, which is an ecological threat to the surrounding towns.

In the process of combustion of oils produced many harmful substances. Nitrogen oxides produced by oxidation of nitrogen, are very toxic compounds. Is very harmful emissions to the atmosphere of sulfur dioxide, which has a pungent smell, but has no color. Sulphur dioxide disastrous effect on plants, especially on fruit trees and conifers, as well as for agricultural crops. In the presence of sulfur dioxide reduces the transparency of air. Carbon monoxide is very toxic. This compound is formed in the case of incomplete combustion of carbon by burning of almost all kinds of oils. Carbon monoxide has no smell and color, making it difficult to detect. Most dangerous is formaldehyde - a gas with a sharp odor, which is highly toxic.

Each year, the Ground Krasny Bor receives about 20 thoUSAnd tons of toxic wastes and products of chemical, medical, industrial enterprises of the North-West region. The area of the Ground Krasny Bor is 73 acres, it is located only 30 kilometers from St. Petersburg, and only two kilometers from the nearest village of Krasny Bor, Leningrad region.

Ground Krasny Bor has been operating for over 40 years, the choice of Ground Krasny Bor was due to the presence in this region of thick layers of clay that make it impossible to spread toxic waste landfill via groundwater.

It should be noted, that in the past at the Ground Krasny Bor also were fires. The last major fire occurred on May 24, 2008, when on Ground Krasny Bor fire broke out the barrels of fuel oil. After that, the fire spread to the another parts of Ground Krasny Bor, despite the active work of fire brigades and a few hours, the square of burning organic waste was an area of one thoUSAnd five hundred square meters,  but later, in the evening, the fire was localized, and the next day completely extinguished.

All the fire is regularly carried out chemical analysis of air, which showed the concentration of combustion products does not exceed the maximum permissible concentrations of toxic substances in the air in the village of Krasny Bor and the nearest city of Kolpino. Already received information, that the fire was localized, which excludes its further spread, but the fire-fighting is still continuing. Also in the near future will begin an investigation, which will determine the damage, caused to the environment.


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