4 September 2012, 12:50

4,000 tons of waste removed from Arctic island

4,000 tons of waste removed from Arctic island

Nearly 4,000 tons of industrial waste have been disposed of less than in one month on Alexandra Land Island in the Arctic.

According to representatives of the National Park “Russian Arctic”, the cleanup operation is part of a government program designed to clear Franz Josef Archipelago of technology-generated waste which accumulated in the Arctic between 1930 and 1990.

A complete removal of waste from Alexandra Land Island, which is located in Franz Josef Land, is slated for the end of 2014.

The islands of Franz Josef Archipelago are a special conservation area which is home to seven Russian Red Book species, including polar bears and Atlantic walruses.

TASS

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