Ladoga radioactive pollution feared

Publish date: November 1, 2004

Activists of Karelia's association of environmentalists have expressed concern that an ongoing exploration project at the uranium deposit outside the village of Karkhu may cause radioactive pollution in Lake Ladoga, Interfax reported.

“Our information suggests that exploration efforts are in their final sages at an uranium deposit near the village of Karkhu in Karelia’s Piktyarantsk district,” association co-ordinator Dmitry Rybakov told Interfax. The average depth of the uranium deposit there is 150-300 meters, the association said. The locals said many of the boreholes are abandoned and not preserved in a proper way. “The gelogists conduct exploration breaching all the regulations” Rybakov said to Interfax on October 15.

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