ACTIVITIES OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION OCCUPATION AUTHORITY CAN LEAD TO THE ECOLOGICAL CATASTROPHY IN THE KERCH STRAIT AND THE BLACK SEA
Ukraine continues to monitor the consequences of large-scale sand mining in the Verkhnio-Churbash and Nyzhnio-Churbash tailing pits, where the “Kamysh-Burunsk iron-ore integrated plant”, located in the temporarily occupied territory of the Crimea, stored the poisonous waste.
The tailing pits (special structures for the safe storage of toxic real materials) were intended for the collection of poisonous waste from the “Kamysh-Burunsk iron-ore integrated plant”, and operated from 1968 to 1994, however, despite the great threats the life and health of people, they are used by the occupation authorities of the Russian Federation.
According to information from open sources, the amount of arsenic exceeds the maximum permissible concentration (MPC) by 500 times, antimony - 3 times, vanadium - 3.5 times, chromium - 1420 times in the tailings.
As of the end of 2018, the extraction of toxic sands in the temporarily occupied territory of Crimea continues. According to remote sensing of the earth, there is a significant expansion of the areas on which the occupying authority carries out the extraction of toxic sands.
Areas of sand extraction can be divided into the territories "A" (Verkhnio-Churbash tailing pits) and "B" (Nyzhnio-Churbash tailing pits).
On the territory "A", the area of extraction has increased by 18 times (from 0.4 hectares to 7.2 hectares). On satellite imagery the extractive machinery and freight transport are observed.
On the territory "B", the area of extraction has increased by 3.2 times (from 5.8 hectares to 18.35 hectares). At the same time, the total area of sand warehouses has doubled from 2.3 hectares to 4.5 hectares. On land plot, there were identified the extractive machinery, freight transport, as well as 3 dredgers.
Extraction territory "B" is carried out with the help of special equipment under the guise of dredging works. The occupation authority is trying to conceal the facts of the extraction of toxic sands, by covering work to prevent flooding of residential buildings in the village Pryozerne, near Kerch.
According to the available information, the work on the extraction of toxic sand take place in the immediate vicinity of the bypass channel, connecting the reservoirs near Kerch with the Black Sea. When dangerous substances enter this channel, there is a danger that the same substances enter the Black Sea and the Kerch Strait.
Extraction of toxic sands from tailings near the city of Kerch is a direct violation of the environmental legislation by the occupational authority. Besides, carrying out of such work creates the emergency situation and threatens the life and health of people.
Continued mining of toxic sands can lead to catastrophic consequences of the ecosystem of the Crimean peninsula.