The construction of a controversial waste dump that has catalyzed protests in Russia’s Arkhangelsk region for over a year is still opposed by an overwhelming majority of residents in northern Russia, an independent survey shows, according to Pravda.ru.
Plans to ship over 2 million tons of garbage a year from Moscow to the abandoned Arkhangelsk region settlement of Shiyes have drawn fierce opposition among locals. Moscow City Hall has halted construction of the $160 million facility pending public hearings and needed approvals.
Almost half of the landfill’s opponents said they were willing to attend authorized demonstrations against its construction, and one-quarter said they would take the streets even if the authorities didn’t issue a permit.
When asked to list the reasons for their opposition to the landfill, 70% of opponents named concerns with the environment and 57% cited the authorities’ lack of coordination with residents and ecologists. 55% said the waste dump would affect their health and 39% said that waste storage is an inefficient method of trash disposal regardless of location.
Only 3% of the respondents supported the controversial construction in Shiyes. They named employment opportunities (70%), increased budget revenue (53%) and confidence in the technology’s safety (47%) as their biggest reasons for supporting the project.
Levada conducted the survey among 1,008 Arkhangelsk region residents.