Barents Hot Spots Information System
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Barents Environmental Hot Spots by region

Republic of Karelia

CodeHot spotOverviewSectorStatus 
K1Gas emissions from Kondopoga pulp and paper combined millIn 2003, Kondopoga PPCM was responsible for 18% of total industrial air emissions in Karelia. It was the only large polluter in the Republic, which emissions had increased since 1995.Industrial sectorExcluded from the listmore
K2Gas emissions from Nadvoitsy Aluminium smelter, NadvoitsyThe smelter is responsible for 97% of total air emissions in Nadvoitsy. Emissions from the smelter, particularly of fluorine compounds, create significant human health problems.Mining sectorNo informationmore
K3Drinking water supply in towns and settlements of the Republic of KareliaIn many towns and settlements drinking water quality does not correspond to chemical and microbiological sanitary and epidemiological guidelines. Poor water quality presents serious threat to human health.Drinking water qualityNo informationmore
K4Drinking water quality in the water supply system of PetrozavodskThe city is supplied with water from Onega lake, with water quality that does not meet the existing norms. The treatment facilities do not allow to get the required water quality, particularly on chemical parameters.Drinking water qualityExcluded from the listmore
K5Sewage treatment in PetrozavodskPoorly treated effluents are discharged into the Petrozavodsk bay that is the source of potable water supply. High nutrient load promote strong eutrophication in the bay.Municipal waste waterExcluded from the listmore
K6Absence of municipal sewage treatment facilities in a number of smaller townsUntreated wastewaters are discharged to water bodies close to drinking water intakes. In a number of cases, it creates high epidemiological risk.Municipal waste waterNo informationmore
K7-1Conversion of PTVM-30 boiler at Petrozavodskmash Boiler House from oil to natural gasFor production of heat during heating season, one boiler (type PTVM -30) needs 14.8 thousand tons of boiler oil. It forms 0.82 thousand tons SO2.Heat and power sectorIn progressmore
K7-2Conversion of thermal power plants in Olonets and Muezersky districts from traditional fuels to timber waste Heat and power sectorIn progressmore
K7-3Construction of thermal power plant in Suojarvi (Kaipa) running on timber waste as fuel Heat and power sectorIn progressmore
K8Hazardous industrial solid wastes and communal wastesAlmost 1/3 of 206 landfills in Karelia are illegal. Landfills are often located in green zones, along forest roads, contaminate soil, surface water bodies and aquifers.Waste managementNo informationmore
K9Negative impact of former municipal dumping ground of sewage on ecosystems of Logmozero and Onega lakes, Petrozavodsk cityDump of production wastes of JSC “Petrozavodskmash” is located on a place of a former municipal dumping ground of sewage. Unregulated dumping has converted it into a dumping ground of industrial and municipal wastes of the northern part of the city. Municipal waste waterNo informationmore
K10Stocks of obsolete pesticides in the Republic of Karelia2.5 tons of DDT stored under unsatisfactory conditions at the company Sortavala Agroservice. Since pesticides are toxic chemical substances, capable of affecting human health and the environment negatively, their storing and possible leakage in such amounts is a reason to establish an environmental hot spot. Obsolete pesticidesExcluded from the listmore

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