KONDOPOGA, Russia , Jan. 25, 2017 (Press Release) -JSC Kondopoga measured air pollutant emissions vented by the mill in 2016. The results showed significant reduction of emissions of some air pollutants. For instance, the level of Sulphur dioxide for the period from 2015 to 2016 was 955 tons a year, the level of coal emissions was zero. In contrast, the coal emissions in 2011 were 7000 tons a year.
After the mill’s heat and power house upgrade program had been completed in 2011 with all boilers of the heat and power plant completely moved from coal and residual oil to natural gas, Sulphur dioxide emissions decreased by more than 95% up to 1000 tons a year and coal emissions ceased. It is worth noticing that before start of the heat and power house update program, concentration of some pollutants in the ground air exceeded the health-based exposure limits. Thus, in 2002 Sulphur dioxide emissions exceeded the limits by 1.46 times and the dust level by 1,62 times.
Thanks to change in the level of air pollutant emissions, JSC Kondopoga was excluded out of the list of hot zones in the Russian part of the Barents Euro-Arctic Region on the territory of Karelia. This fact was once again emphasized on the meeting of the working group on “hot zones”, held on December 2016.
JSC Kondopoga, as well as any big plant, affects the environment negatively. “Our mission is to minimize negative factors and reduce air pollutant emissions. After the mill had moved to the natural gas, its negative impact significantly decreased. That was officially confirmed by members of the working group on “hot zones” of the Barents Euro-Arctic Region on the territory of Karelia”, commented the mill’s head of the industrial security, labor safety and ecology, Pavel Eshakov.