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Deputy Prime Minister Victoria Abramchenko held a meeting on the implementation of the federal project “Clean Air”. The meeting took place during the vice-premier’s working trip to the Krasnoyarsk Territory.

As part of the experiment on emission quotas for the implementation of the federal project “Clean Air”, Rosprirodnadzor approved consolidated calculations of atmospheric air pollution, in which it determined the limits of permissible emissions. On their basis, Rospotrebnadzor has compiled lists of the most dangerous pollutants that have a negative impact on human health. “It is the danger of substances from the point of view of their impact on human health that is the key factor, which is included in the target indicator of the presidential decree. Creation of a truly comfortable and safe environment for the life of citizens should be an unconditional priority, ”Victoria Abramchenko emphasized.

Based on the results of consolidated calculations, the departments, together with the regions, updated comprehensive plans to reduce air emissions. The volume of off-budget investments for modernization will amount to about 500 billion rubles, and the overall environmental effect will be 1.5 million tons. This is the amount by which emissions of pollutants into the environment in cities participating in the Clean Air project will be reduced.

Last year, on the basis of coordinated comprehensive plans, enterprises in 12 cities invested more than 78 billion rubles in modernization programs. The environmental effect amounted to more than 71 thousand tons.

According to the Deputy Prime Minister, over the past two months, the Government has approved plans for five cities: Magnitogorsk, Novokuznetsk, Chelyabinsk, Cherepovets, Chita. The Government has allocated about 5 billion rubles for measures to improve air quality in these cities. They will go to the renovation of public transport, the construction of gas supply networks to connect houses with stove heating, and the modernization of boiler houses.

As noted by Victoria Abramchenko, in the fall of this year, detailed plans for the modernization of legal entities – polluters in 12 cities should be submitted to the Government.

“For the Krasnoyarsk Territory, the issue of ecology is especially sensitive,” said the Deputy Prime Minister. “Every year in Krasnoyarsk, a regime of unfavorable meteorological conditions is introduced, residents complain about the“ black sky ”.” Experts name several reasons for the occurrence of an unfavorable environmental situation: the activity of the main pollutants and the meteorological situation, which contributes to the concentration of pollutants in the city and prevents their dispersion.

Last year, Rospotrebnadzor identified a list of priority pollutants for Krasnoyarsk. And Rosprirodnadzor – a list of objects to be quoted. It includes 33 enterprises. The region, the Ministry of Natural Resources, Rosprirodnadzor and the companies Siberian Generating Company, JSC Rusal Krasnoyarsk, JSC HC Siberian Cement signed three agreements on the implementation of comprehensive plans in Krasnoyarsk. The total amount of financing for modernization from enterprises will be almost 45 billion rubles.

The deputy chairperson drew the attention of local authorities that since 2017, to date, real emissions have decreased by 7%, and urged to intensify work with polluting enterprises.

For Krasnoyarsk, the most significant measures will be the modernization of the Krasnoyarsk CHPP-1 with the construction of a chimney with a height of at least 270 m, equipping boilers with electrostatic precipitators, replacing ineffective coal-fired boiler houses, and switching enterprises to the best available technologies. The region will also continue to develop road infrastructure and create a territorial network for monitoring the state of the atmospheric air.

“I know that a mobile application has been launched to inform the population about the state of the atmospheric air. I hope that citizens receive comprehensive information about the environmental situation, ”the Deputy Prime Minister concluded.

The federal project “Clean Air” includes 12 cities with high and very high air pollution: Bratsk, Krasnoyarsk, Lipetsk, Magnitogorsk, Mednogorsk, Nizhny Tagil, Novokuznetsk, Norilsk, Omsk, Chelyabinsk, Cherepovets and Chita. There, by 2024, it is necessary to reduce the total volume of emissions by at least 20%. By 2030, the President ordered to halve the emissions of hazardous pollutants in cities with high and very high air pollution.

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