Solar oil spill in the Arctic will be tracked from space

Aerospace monitoring of hazardous production facilities in the Far North will help to avoid a tragedy like the Norilsk one in 2020, when 21,000 tons of diesel fuel leaked from a leaky reservoir. The mechanism has already been worked out with Roskosmos, showed good results, but it is still developing hard, said the head of Rostekhnadzor Alexander Trembitsky in the Federation Council at a meeting with senators in the “open dialogue” format.

After the Norilsk emergency, Rostekhnadzor checked the fuel tanks in the Arctic zone for compliance with safety requirements, the head of the department recalled. All operators were issued instructions and recommendations.

In addition, amendments were made to the rules for the examination of industrial safety on the recommendation of the senators. Previously, the conclusion could be of three types: positive, negative and positive, but when performing compensatory measures, which often dragged on for months, or even years. This also applies to the damaged Norilsk reservoir. Now in the legal field there are only positive and negative conclusions.

More radical impact on environmental safety in the polar regions, according to Trembitsky, will help to monitor the situation at facilities in the Far North with the help of aerospace technologies.

The full material will be published on the Parliamentary Newspaper website at a later date.

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