Alexander Shadrikov: "The best indicator is a decrease in the number of complaints from our residents. In the three years that our interdepartmental group has been working in Nizhnekamsk, there have been 6 times fewer of them. But our ideal KPI is zero complaints"

12 November 2022, Saturday

A visiting meeting of the Interdepartmental Working Group on Ensuring Environmental Safety during the development of the Nizhnekamsk Industrial hub was held in Nizhnekamsk. 

The meeting, under the leadership of the Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Tatarstan, was attended by the head of the Nizhnekamsk district Ramil Mullin, representatives of Rospotrebnadzor, Rosprirodnadzor and the largest enterprises of this zone. 

During a welcoming speech, the Minister of Ecology immediately outlined the main topic – ensuring the well-being of the population, which directly depends on environmental safety. "The best indicator and confirmation of the effectiveness of our joint work within the framework of the Interdepartmental Working Group is the reduction in the number of complaints from residents about air quality. Thanks to joint efforts, including within the framework of the implementation of the List of instructions of the Prime Minister of the Republic Alexey Pesoshin, since 2019 we have been observing a decline. Let me remind you, then we received more than 500 appeals, this year we record 72."  

After analyzing complaints from the population, the minister stated that, as in 2021, the largest number of complaints was associated with the smell characteristic of hydrogen sulfide. Moreover, most of the complaints were received by the Ministry of Ecology during periods of adverse weather conditions, when emissions practically do not dissipate in the air. Criticism also came into the picture. The Minister stressed, this means that on these days the enterprises of the industrial complex do not fully ensure the implementation of measures to reduce emissions. 

"Let me remind you that the reduction of emissions during these periods should not be carried out at the request of enterprises, but strictly at the request of the Federal Law "On the Protection of Atmospheric Air," Alexander Shadrikov stressed. 

Unfortunately, the problems of hydrogen sulfide emissions are also relevant for other cities, the head of the environmental department noted, and it is very important to find the right solution. Without a scientific approach, this search is impossible. The Minister cited the Municipal Unitary Enterprise Vodokanal as an example, where the Volga Research Institute of Hydrocarbons, represented by Director General Akhmet Mazgarov, joined the solution of the issue of reducing hydrogen sulfide emissions from a sewage pumping station. Now the company is implementing the achievements of VNIUS.  

Also during the meeting, they once again returned to the issue of redistribution of traffic flows and the construction of a bypass highway in the Nizhnekamsk district in order to improve air quality for residents. 

This issue has already been worked out with the Executive Committee of the Nizhnekamsk district. It is necessary to return to the discussion of these events, Alexander Shadrikov noted. 

Scientific organizations are also involved in solving environmental safety issues. The Minister recalled that in April in Nizhnekamsk, under the chairmanship of the President of the Republic of Tatarstan, R. N. Minnikhanov, a joint expanded meeting of the Interdepartmental Working Group and the delegation of the Scientific Council of the Russian Academy of Sciences on global environmental problems was held. A list of instructions from the President of the Republic of Tatarstan on the interaction of the Ministry of Ecology, departments and enterprises with science was adopted. An agreement on cooperation between the Ministry of Ecology and the Scientific Council of the Russian Academy of Sciences was also signed.  And now the largest enterprises of the Nizhnekamsk industrial Complex have submitted applications for the development of research and development work on environmental issues. 


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