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On 19 March, young environmental activists visited Nizhnekamskneftekhim to see for themselves the environmental protection work being done at the enterprise. The visit was organized with support from the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of the Republic of Tatarstan. Participants of “ProEco” competition of environmental research and practice projects showed special interests in excursion. “Will Be Clean” is youth environmental movement created in 2015 with support from the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of the Republic of Tatarstan. Over the past five years, activists have developed and implemented hundreds of environmental projects and programs, held dozens of actions on tree planting, animal protection, recycling, etc.
The delegation visited main production of rubber and plastics at the enterprise. They were shown manufacturing processes with obtaining final products. The excursion programme also included a visit to Nizhnekamskneftekhim R&D Center and familiarization with its activities. The visit to Biological Treatment Plant was impressive. The reconstruction of the treatment plant was carried out in two stages and it meets the currently most advanced technologies. All industrial and municipal wastes enter the treatment plant. The efficiency of atmospheric air purification reaches 95%.
There was also constructed a new off-site industrial storm water drainage header with a total length of 15km to transport the wastewater trouble-free from industrial site to the treatment facilities. The outcome of the visit was summarized at a round-table meeting at Nizhnekamsk Institute of Chemical Technology. Members of “Will Be Clean” movement shared their impressions of the visit.
“We are impressed by the scale of production, where the concern for environment is felt. The thing that fascinated me the most at the treatment plant is microorganisms’ involvement in the purification stage. We have seen the quality of the sewage and the transformation which happened to it,” told us Pavel Andreev, a member of “Will Be Clean” environmental movement.
“We have shown young people the efficiency of our production. The company has significantly reduced harmful emissions volume, river water consumption through many years of efforts, while increasing production output. The careful attitude to environment is the main priority of Nizhnekamskneftekhim,” noticed Oleg Grishakov, Deputy Chief Engineer for Environmental Protection – Head of Environmental Safety Division of Nizhnekamskneftekhim.
During the round table, young ecologists and petrochemists agreed on further cooperation and holding joint actions and events.
“We want to break the mold that production only adversely affects the environment. Businesses are also interested in protection of environment, as we are!” noted Ms. Dilara Satikova, the head of youth environmental movement “Will Be Clean”.
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