Barents Environmental Hot Spots
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Hot spotSites of former and current military activities as sources of oil contamination
RegionArkhangelsk Oblast
SectorWaste management
Reason for being a hot spotLarge areas in Arkhangelsk Oblast are strongly contaminated with petroleum fuel and spent motor oils, particularly due to former and current military activities.
Status in elimination procedureNo information
Environmental status in 2003 reportBy some estimates, a total of about 30-40 thousand tons of aviation fuel and spent lubrication oils were deposited in the areas of Franz Josef Land
Present status2011: Areas at Franz Josef Land are polluted with a large number of barrels and tanks, construction and household waste, scrap metal and petroleum products. 2020: The hotspot was split into 2 with the names of A7-1 and A7-2
Joint projects 
Actions doneAn inventory from 2011 found 34 polluted objects, including, hundreds of barrels with motor oil, petrol and diesel in the islands. Every spring brigades of workers and volunteers with necessary equipment are brought to the islands to clean-up the accumulated waste. The work is administrated by the Russian Arctic national park. The processed oil products and metal scrap are brought to Arkhangelsk for utilisation.