WWF reported on 423 kilometres of rivers polluted by gold-mining companies in Tyva Republic
In June-August 2020, WWF experts and Rivers Without Boundaries Coalition revealed 15 facts of river pollution downstream of gold mining areas in the Republic of Tyva. The length of the polluted rivers totally was 423 kilometers. The analysis of sattalite images was carried out by experts of the Center for Satellite Monitoring and Civil Control (St. Petersburg) with the support of the WWF-Russia project "People for Nature", which is being implemented with the support of the European Commission.
Each case of pollution in Tyva was registered by WWF experts and documents were sent to the Yenisei Interregional Administration of Rosprirodnadzor and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Republic of Tyva. Later the experts received official confirmation that all violations were admitted and further prosecution of the gold-mining companies was carried out by authorities.
In June, based on documents provided by WWF and the Rivers Without Borders coalition, the Yenisei Interregional Administration of Rosprirodnadzor initiated an unscheduled inspection of the gold-mining companies in Tyva such as Artel on the Algiyak River, Vostok LLC on the O-Khem River and Oyna A / S on the rivers Bilelig, Black, Shet-Khem, Sistig-Khem in the Todzha region of the Tyva Republic.
In August the Yenisei Interregional Administration of Rosprirodnadzor confirmed the fact of pollution of the O-Khem River as a result of the gold mining activities of Vostok OSH. Vostok was brought to administrative responsibility and must pay fines in the amount of 280 thousand rubles. The fact of violations of the Water Code by LLC "Artel of prospectors" Tyva "was proved, the company was brought to administrative responsibility, administrative fines were imposed in the amount of 430 thousand rubles. A / S "Oina" was also brought to responsibility, fines were imposed in the amount of 290 thousand rubles.