Significant Source of Phosphorus Found in Kingisepp, Russia
This site provides backgroud information to the River Luga case and is under construction following the latest developments.
WHAT IS THE CASE KINGISEPP:
The sampling carried out in late November 2011 within the framework of HELCOM's BALTHAZAR project in the River Luga revealed a potentially significant source of phosphorus to the Baltic Sea downstream from the town of Kingisepp, North-West Russia. The new estimate of annual phosphorus load of up to 1,000 tons from the source would mean a 20% increase from the previously reported average annual phosphorus load to the Gulf of Finland (Fifth Baltic Sea Pollution Load Compilation - PLC-5).
Further investigation has continued in 2012 to better determine the exact source for the high phosphorus load in River Luga in North-West Russia.
- 14-15 June 2012: HELCOM Heads of Delegation meeting - minutes to be finalized soon
- 8 June 2012: Project Steering Group Meeting in St. Petersburg; discussions on Project draft final report and the follow-up project, BASE
- 6 June 2012: EuroChem announces to take further actions to collect and treat phosphorus-containing surface waters from the areas close to the Phosphorit fertilizer plant - press release by EuroChem and John Nurminen Foundation
- 5 June 2012: Last samplings by the BALTHAZAR's SYKE-Hydromet team
- 3 May 2012: Regular sampling will continue outside the sanitary protection zone - see approximate map
- 19 April 2012: Project meeting confirms the aim to continue sampling; details on targeted sampling to be agreed on as soon as possible - press release
- 16 April 2012: Continuation of the sampling programme expected to be discussed this week - press release
- 11 April 2012: SYKE researcher arrested during a sampling trip at River Luga, returns to Finland on 13 April
- 20 March 2012: joint sampling begins at River Luga. The first outcomes will be presented in HELCOM LAND Meeting, 8.-10.5.2012
- 13 March 2012: meeting in St. Petersburg decides on a joint sampling programme with BALTHAZAR and Hydromet, expected to start by 20 March - press release
Click here for the location details of the Kingisepp.
13.3.2012 - Joint Sampling Starts in River Luga Next Week
Background documents and reports, graphs and maps can be found here.