11 February 2019, 12:08

Soils of Crimea are contaminated with lead. Ministry of Natural Resources of Russia included the annexed peninsula in the list of the most problematic regions

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More than 10% of the soil of the illegally annexed peninsula is contaminated with lead.

The corresponding data is provided in the report of the Ministry of Natural Resources of Russia, TASS reports.

Together with the Crimea, the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania (29.1%), Primorsky Krai (16.0%) and St. Petersburg (14.4%) were included in this list.

Also, the territories with the highest level of soil microbiological contamination (more than 20% of samples with excess of hygienic standards) include Primorsky Krai (36.6%), the Arkhangelsk region (21.9%), Moscow (21.3%) and the Novosibirsk region (20.6%).

Meanwhile, a new ecological disaster is taking place in the Crimea. Thus, a section of the waste storage dam was destroyed in the region of Kerch; as a result, hazardous chemicals are entering the sea and poisoning the environment.

Earlier, the Ministry of Temporary Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine noted illegal mining of toxic sand in the Verkhne-Churbash and Nizhne-Churbash tailings sites can lead to disastrous consequences for the ecosystem of the Crimean Peninsula.