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Mercury Hot Spots and Mercury Waste in Nizegorodsky District, Russia

This projects bythe Russian environmental NGO ‘SPES,’ in collaboration with IPEN EECCA Hub ‘Eco-Accord’ and another Russia NGO ‘DRONT’ (see separate IMEAP report for parallel activities undertaken by DRONT on mercury from used fluorescent lamps), focuses on investigation of and awareness-raising about the mercury pollution sources in the Nizegorodsky district of Russia and on starting a broad outreach campaign on mercury pollution sources and mercury health risks throughout the country. 

The project reports levels of mercury pollution in environmental media close to Igumnovo landfill and three nearby water reservoirs (bottom sediments and surface waters). Based on the information collected in Dzerjinsk, Nizny Novgorod and other places of the Nizegorodsky district, an information campaign aimed at raising public awareness on mercury health threats and pollution sources in Russia was started. A workshop based on the outcomes of the research project in Dzerjinsk, Nizny Novgorod, Volgograd and Krasnodar was held to highlight the importance of reducing mercury threats on people’s health. The project report summarises a detailed inventory of the mercury pollution sources in these localities. The project has highlighted the need to cleanup the contaminated sites, and strengthen mercury waste separation and mercury waste management, which is related to Articles 11 and 12 of the Mercury Treaty - Mercury Wastes and Contaminated Sites. A detailed copy of the project report in Russian can be accessed via the links on this page.