Astana, Kazakhstan, Nov. 22
By Daniar Mukhtarov - Trend:
The damage inflicted from the crash of the Proton-M carrier rocket in Kazakhstan amounted to nearly 14 billion tenges (152.84 tenge is equal to 1 U.S. dollar), Kazakh Ministry of Environment and Water Resources said on Nov. 22.
"Kazakh Ministry of Environment and Water Resources calculated the economic assessment of the damage from environmental pollution caused by the crash of the Proton-M rocket carrier on July 2, 2013 at the Baikonur complex. The calculation was performed in line with the 'Regulation on economic assessment of environmental damages caused by pollution'. Thus, the amount of damage caused to the environment exceeded 13.69 billion tenges," the ministry said.
The ministry added that the assessment was sent to the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) through diplomatic channels for consideration and compensation of the damages inflicted to the environment. The authorized body in the field of space activities (Kazcosmos) will be coordinating the works from the Kazakh side in line with the agreement signed between the Russian and Kazakh governments on the lease of Baikonur complex.
The press service said that a special commission was created by the order of the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, Serik Akhmetov. The goal of the commission led by Kazakh Minister of Environmental Protection, Nurlan Kapparov was the monitoring of the implementation of measures on elimination of the negative environmental impacts of Proton-M rocket's crash. Five meetings of the working committee were held; two of them were conducted on-site at the Baikonur cosmodrome, with visits to the places of rocket's impact and detoxification of contaminated sites.
"At a meeting of the working committee Roscosmos representatives announced their readiness to discuss compensation for the Kazakh side of the economic damage caused to the environment. Roscosmos experts used Kazakh technology based on hydrogen peroxide for soil remediation. Currently the works on detoxification of the contaminated area by the direct method environmental restoration has been completed. Heptyl level in the soil does not exceed the maximum allowable concentrations," the ministry said.