Russian mining giant Norilsk Nickel said it stopped releasing wastewater from its Arctic facilities on Sunday, a month after an unprecedented fuel leak created an emergency in the neighborhood.

 The incident, the company said, was "discharge from the reservoir" of liquids used to process minerals at the Talnac Enrichment Plant near the Arctic city of Norilsk.    "Steps have been taken to prevent this. To remove the liquid nearby, there is no risk of waste leakage," the company said.


The incident, the company said, was "discharged from the reservoir" of liquids used to process minerals at the Talnac Enrichment Plant near the Arctic city of Norilsk.


"Steps have been taken to prevent this. To remove the liquid nearby, there is no risk of waste leakage," the company said.

However, a source at the Emergency Ministry told news agency RIA Novosti that the release of the toxin poses a threat to the nearby Karyalakh River.

The Investigative Committee, which is investigating serious crimes, said they had received reports at the facility site that it had "unauthorized dumping of liquid waste into the tundra" and had begun an investigation.

Independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta published videos of the scene in a report claiming that the factory deliberately poured wastewater into nearby wildlife areas.

Journalists at the Novaya Gazette said Norilsk nickel employees quickly removed the pipes when investigators and emergency services arrived at the scene.

Norilsk nickel spokeswoman Tatiana Egorova confirmed to AFP that the factory workers had pumped "purified water from the reservoir" and an internal investigation was underway.

The company was at the center of another incident last month when more than 21,000 tons of diesel mud and rivers leaked into a fuel reserve at a power plant near Norilsk.

The accident happened at a plant owned by a subsidiary of Norilsk Nickel, which said the climate change caused the permafrost meltdown to collapse.

After the accident, President Vladimir Putin declared a state of emergency, and the head of the Norilsk nickel, Oligarch Vladimir Potanin, promised to bear the cost of the cleanup.

Officials said they had cleared the leak from the river's surface due to a large diesel leak, but that it would take years for a complete cleanup.


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