20K tons of diesel fuel spill in Siberia

Orlando Sentinel - - Business -

MOSCOW — Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin has de­clared a state of emer­gency in Siberia after an es­ti­mated 20,000 tons of diesel fuel spilled from a power plant stor­age fa­cil­ity and fouled wa­ter­ways.

The spill took place last week at a power plant in an out­ly­ing sec­tion of the city of No­rilsk, 1,800 miles north­east of Moscow. Booms were laid in the Am­bar­naya River to block the fuel; the river feeds a lake from which springs another river that leads to the en­vi­ron­men­tally del­i­cate Arc­tic Ocean.

Putin on Wed­nes­day or­dered of­fi­cials to min­i­mize the con­se­quences of the spill.

But Alexei Knizh­nikov of the World Wildlife Fund’s Rus­sia op­er­a­tion said the dam­age to fish and other re­sources could ex­ceed $13 mil­lion.

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