Medvedev spoke about 17 million Russians in environmental “hot spots”

More than 17 million Russians live in the “ecological hot spots” on the territory of Russia there are about 300. This was stated by Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev at session of Presidium of the presidential Council for strategic development and priority projects, reports TASS.

“On the map of our country of more than 300 ecological hot spots. These facilities pose to the environment the greatest threat,” he said, explaining that we are talking about landfills and dumps industrial waste.

“In the area of their negative effects there are more than 17 million people. Of course, it affects their health, and seriously,” — said the head of government. In his opinion, should work together with business and experts to develop measures that will allow “do not continue to accumulate these wastes or minimize such accumulation.

On Wednesday in interview to the newspaper “Vedomosti”, the Minister of natural resources and ecology Sergey Donskoy named the city with the worst ecological situation. According to him, “if you come out of absolute indicators on air pollution”, the worst situation is in Moscow, Norilsk, Irkutsk, Chita, Nizhny Novgorod, Krasnoyarsk, Yekaterinburg, Chelyabinsk, Magnitogorsk.