The area of the toxic sand extraction has increased on the territory of the occupied Autonomous Republic of Crimea. This was reported by the press service of the Ministry of Temporarily Occupied Territories and IDPs.
The territory of the works has reasonably increased compared with that in 2018, despite Russia's ban to extract the sand, as yje Ministr reported.
“According to the results of the processing space photographs the area of extension increased by 25% on the territory of Nyzhnio-Churbashske tailing pond – up to 2612401,1 sq.ft.(1937503,9 sq.ft in 2018). The area of active sand mining increased, too, it is about 753474 sq.ft. (753474 sq.ft. in 2018),” the Ministry informed.
It stands to mention that the sand is probably using for building of infrastructure on the temporarily occupied peninsula.
“Toxic substances are inevitably released into the air from the sand, and precipitation wash the poison out through the broken dam of the tailing pond to the waters of the Black Sea,” the authority added.