According to the assessment of the environmental consultant company, Ramboll CIS LLC, the Irkutsk Polymer Plant project will not have an irreversible negative impact on the natural and social environment and public health.
Analysis of the assessment of the impact of pollutant emissions on the air quality of the nearest residential areas showed that the concentrations of pollutants will not exceed the hygienic standards, taking into account the background concentrations of pollutants.
The design of the plant under construction provides for an automatic system of atmospheric air quality monitoring, and not only near the production site. The company is considering to install sensors in the city enabling the system to record pollution 24 hours a day.
Fauna and flora
The company will continue its multi-year work on reforestation and fish reproduction. As part of the construction of the plant, additional measures for fish stocking the Lena River and Bratsk Reservoir are provisioned. After the construction is completed, it is planned to release more than 21 thousand pieces of hatchlings. At the stage of plant operation, annual release of more than 121 thousand hatchlings is planned.
With the help of the local hunting community, Irkutsk Oil Company intends to engage in wildlife rehabilitation activities — keeping the headcount of animals and feeding them.
A division of the French company Water Technologies and Solutions SUEZ will supply wastewater treatment technology using a membrane bioreactor, reversible electrodialysis and evaporation with thermal vapor recompression. These technologies will allow the plant to achieve almost zero liquid waste discharge and implement maximum water reuse, thereby limiting the plant’s negative impact on the environment. The agreement also includes a 10-year service contract.
All generated wastewater, including sanitary, rain, oil-contaminated and industrial wastewater, will be collected into separate sewer systems and treated to fishery standards at the plant’s wastewater treatment facilities.