Most densely populated part of Russia environmentally unfavorable – document
MOSCOW. April 20 (Interfax) – Environmental conditions in the most densely populated part of #Russia remain unfavorable, according to the Russian environmental security strategy for the period through 2025.
The strategy was endorsed with an executive order of the president on April 19.
“Environmental conditions in cities and surrounding territories populated by 74% of the country’s residents are experiencing a significant negative impact from industrial, energy and transport facilities and capital construction projects,” the strategy said in a section dedicated to the current status of Russia’s environmental security.
A total of 17.1 million people or 17% of Russia’s total city population live in areas with high or extremely high air pollution levels, it said.
Water quality “also remains substandard, primarily because of dumping of industrial and household sewage and agricultural waste water,” the strategy said.
Only 11% of waste water is dumped into Russian water reservoirs after being treated according to standards, it said.
“As a result, from 30% to 40% of the national population are regularly using water, which fails to meet hygienic standards. Water pollution with chemicals and microorganisms increases mortality and sickness risks,” the strategy said.
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