Regional and federal authorities learned about the accident at TPP-3 only two days after the incident.
Rosprirodnadzor in Norilsk recorded an excess of the norm of harmful substances in water tens of thousands of times after the accident at TPP-3. This was announced by the head of the department Svetlana Radionova at a meeting led by Russian President Vladimir Putin. According to her, about 25 samples were taken for research. Putin supported the proposal of the head of the Ministry of Emergencies, Yevgeny Zinichev, to introduce an emergency regime in Norilsk.
The President of the Russian Federation instructed to immediately take measures to eliminate the spill of diesel fuel. “When spilling fuel in the waters of various rivers, ponds, generally on the seas, the same reagents are used and so on,” he said.
Putin also harshly criticized the authorities of the Krasnoyarsk Territory for a belated reaction to the spill of diesel fuel in Norilsk.
“Why did the authorities learn about this only two days later? Are we going to learn about emergencies from social networks? Are you all right with your health?” – said the president.
He also announced his intention to attract prosecutors to investigate the causes of the incident. “I will be forced to instruct law enforcement agencies to give a legal assessment of all the actions of officials,” he said.
The accident at TPP-3 occurred on May 29 due to the depressurization of the tank with diesel fuel. There are no injuries. Norilsk Nickel’s first vice president Sergei Dyachenko said diesel spills at TPP-3 could happen due to permafrost thawing.