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Fortum examines industrial waste samples from Krasnyi Bor in Riihimäki

21 February 2018, 15:00 EET


Specialists from Fortum’s recycling and waste solutions business, together with representatives from the Russian Natural Resources Supervision Service, have extracted samples from water basins at Krasnyi Bor’s hazardous waste landfill in St. Petersburg. The goal of the extraction is to determine what substances are in the pools.

The samples will be analysed at Fortum’s laboratory in Riihimäki. After analysis, it will be possible to plan how the waste from Krasnyi Bor can be treated efficiently and in a safe manner. An agreement on the further treatment of the waste has not been made.

The sampling on the 21st of February was attended by representatives of Ministry of   Natural Resources and Ecology of the Russian Federation and Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Finland. The study is expected to be completed in 2018. The financing of the sampling and analysis is provided by the Nordic Environmental Finance Corporation NEFCO, based on an agreement between the governments of the two countries.

“Fortum has significant experience in hazardous waste treatment. I am positive that the experience of our experts can be utilized to find a sustainable solution,” says Fortum’s Arto Räty, SVP, Corporate Affairs and Communications, who also attended the sampling.

Fortum Waste Solutions has more than 40 years of experience in treating hazardous waste. It has proven, world-class technology, expertise and experience in the safe destruction of international hazardous waste in accordance with stringent conditions set for the protection of human health and the environment. This is evident most recently through the successful treatment of chemical waste resulting from the disposal of Syria’s chemical weapons, in collaboration with the United Nation’s Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), and development of a solution for the destruction of the Australian manufacturing company Orica’s hexachlorobenzene (HCB) stockpile.

Fortum Corporation
Group Communications

Further information:
Kalle Saarimaa, VP, Fortum Recycling and Waste Solutions, tel. +358 41 503 1337