Russian and Finnish Environmentalists Will Visit Phosphorit
OREANDA-NEWS. February 3, 2012. EuroChem, one of the world’s top ten agrochemical companies, announced today that the Northwestern Federal District Centre of Laboratory Analysis and Technical Metrology has completed the testing of effluent samples taken at its Phosphorit phosphate plant in Northwest Russia. The results and conclusions of the testing confirm Phosphorit’s internal laboratory results and effectively rule out any direct link between the plant’s activity and the increases in the phosphorous levels of the
The tests were performed following the publication of Finnish news reports in January reporting on the possible contamination of the
To continue studying this issue until it is resolved, EuroChem and HELCOM experts agreed on the implementation of a joint research program during the January 25 meeting. To push the dialogue further, EuroChem has invited representatives of Finnish and Russian environmental agencies and regulatory bodies to the Phosphorit plant on February 7 to develop a program to evaluate and, if necessary, address the region’s environmental situation.
Since acquiring the Phosphorit facility in 2002, EuroChem has proceeded with investments of USD 43 million in environmental protection measures in the area. These investments significantly improved the region’s environmental indicators with a recorded threefold decline in atmospheric emissions and a reduction in effluent volumes by a factor of 7.5. EuroChem is currently implementing its strategic environmental protection program which runs through 2015 and encompasses the overhaul of the wastewater treatment facility and further measures to reduce industrial discharges to the
EuroChem is a top ten agrochemical company globally by nutrient capacity, producing primarily nitrogen and phosphate fertilizers, as well as certain organic synthesis products and iron ore.
EuroChem’s main manufacturing assets include the Nevinnomysskiy Azot, Novomoskovskiy Azot, Phosphorit, EuroChem – BMU, and Kovdorskiy GOK facilities in