Residents of the city of Moscow and towns in Moscow Region have been complaining about the smell of hydrogen sulfide since 8 December 2017.
Chairmen of the Disaster Management and Fire Safety commissions of Moscow Region municipalities are cooperating with representatives of Rosgidromet (the Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring), Rospotrebnadzor (the federal consumer rights protection authority) and Rosprirodnadzor (the federal natural resources inspectorate).
An interagency working group held a meeting on 15 March at the National Crisis Management Center (NCMC) to decide on additional measures to prevent pollution, keeping up monitoring of the air in Volokolamsk District with samples taken every 3-4 hours with the following presentation of result acts to the NCMC, provision of round-the-clock monitoring of air at the Yadrovo refuse dump with detecting reasons for pollution and keeping the population updated.
An on-site meeting, headed by the Governor of Moscow Region was held on 21 March 2018, as well as a meeting, featuring interested agencies of federal executive authorities was held in the NCMC to discuss comprehensive aid to the population and carrying out a set of measures to minimize the impact of pollution.
Moscow and town of Balashikha (Moscow Region)
Tests show that the source of the pollution is the Kuchino refuse dump (the town of Balashikha, Moscow Region) which is now being degassed. 55 wells have been drilled for that purpose.
56 stations of Mosecomonitoring, as well as task forces and mobile laboratories of the Emergency Ministry, Rospotrebnadzor and Rosprirodnadzor are monitoring the air.
As complaints keep coming from residents of Moscow and Moscow Region, each of them has been attended to by mobile labs. No excesses of maximum permissible levels of pollutants have been reported.
Mosecomonitoring’s stations reported some minor excesses of maximum permissible levels of hydrogen sulfide near the Kuchino refuse dump over the past 24 hours.
Volokolamsk District, Moscow Region
According to the information provided by Rospotrebnadzor, the Yadrovo refuse dump is the source of pollution.
Managing bodies and personnel of Volokolamsk Unit of the Moscow Region territorial subsystem of the SSDMS have been operating under the state of emergency since 8 March 2018.
Head of Volokolamsk municipal district passed a decision on 6 March 2018 to adopt the yadrovo dump remediating roadmap.
A task group and 2 mobile labs of Rospotrebnadzor and the Russian Emergencies Ministry are cooperating and carry out round the clock monitoring of air. 2 mobile stations of Mosecomonitoring have been deployed to constantly monitor the air.
A lab of the Leader Center has been working on site since 23 March 2018.
Over the past 24 hours: Labs of the 26th Fire and Rescue Unit and Rospotrebnadzor ran tests and reported no excess of pollutants in the air.
Town of Klin, Moscow Region
The Aleksinsky Quarry refuse dump has been identified as the source of pollution. 20 wells have been drilled to initiate emergency degassing operations.
Over the past 24 hours: 20th Fire and Rescue Unit ran tests and reported no excess of pollutants in the air.
The population is being informed about the situation through mass media and other channels. The information about the taken measures is being posted on web-sites of the Russian Emergencies Ministry, Central Regional Center of the Russian Emergencies Ministry, The Russian Emergencies Ministry’s Moscow and Moscow Region Directorates, as well as the Government of Moscow and Moscow Region, the Moscow Region Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.
According to the Russian Weather Service and All-Russian Forecasting and Monitoring Center Antistikhia, the weather is not going to have negative effect on environmental situation on 27 March.
The situation is under control.
The Emergency Ministry advises: If there is an unpleasant smell, one should avoid staying outside and limit the time of outdoor physical activity, try to not open windows, to do the cleaning with water at homes and offices, to use air conditioners and cleaners. People suffering from chronic lung problems should have medicines at hand. Children and pregnant women should avoid long walks especially along motorways. If one feels unwell, they should see a doctor.
If there is a strange smell, please call the help line of the Emergency Moscow Region Directorate 8(498) 505-41-70 or Ministry’s Moscow Directorate 8(495) 637-22-22.