Barents Environmental Hot Spots

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Nenets Autonomous Okrug

N1Accident at well No 9 in Kumzhinskaya fieldA gas explosion occurred in 1980 during the drilling of well No. 9 at the Kumja gas condensate field, followed by an open seepage at a rate of around 2 million cubic m/day. In 1981, an effort was made to stop the blowout with an underground nuclear explosion. The accident and the measures to estinguish it have led to significant contamination of the area, today belonging to the Nenets Nature Reserve.Industrial sectorNo information
N2Poor drinking water quality in the NAO settlements and townsDue to poor quality, drinking water supply is one of the most important tasks for NAO. Water quality problems mostly arise due to natural rather than anthropogenic reasons. The quality of potable water meets to sanitary norms only at one settlement (2% of the population), does not meet to sanitary norms at 19 settlements (86% of the population).Drinking water qualityNo information
N3Waster waters of Naryan Mar city and its port discharged into Pechora riverTechnology used in biological treatment of waste waters in Naryan Mar, and capacity of treatment facilities, do not ensure surface water protection. The port has no storage tanks and used waters are directly discharged into Pechora river. Municipal waste waterNo information
N4Mercury containing waste managementMercury-containing used luminescent lamps (1.334 tons) are among the most hazardous waste products in NAO.Waste managementExcluded from the list