Scientists will develop Arctic cleanup roadmap
General cleaning of the Arctic, which was being carried out in the last decade, will be continued. Most of the waste remaining in the Franz Josef Land and Novaya Zemlya archipelagos from Soviet times has already been transported to the mainland in several field seasons. These are rusted barrels with fuel, scrap metal, construction and other garbage - 50 thousand tons in total. But on the northern islands, traces of oil spills remained, they threaten the fragile ecosystem of the Arctic. Before you eliminate them, you need to understand how to do it. Conventional soil cleaning and remediation methods don’t always work in high latitudes, and sometimes they can do even more harm to the environment than pollution itself.
The problem will be solved within the framework of the three-year comprehensive project "Clean Arctic". Scientists will estimate the extent of soil pollution with fuel and lubricants that have been imported to the islands for decades for the operation of military facilities, scientific and meteorological bases. As a result, the researchers will draw up a roadmap with recommendations for cleaning up specific areas. The project was organized by the National Park «Russian Arctic», which includes Franz Josef Land and the northern part of Novaya Zemlya, one of the Russian oil companies and the government of the Arkhangelsk region.