Volgograd environmentalists set up an automated stationary atmospheric air quality observation station near a stadium, which is being constructed for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.
"Modern equipment allows real-time air pollution monitoring in the very heart of Volgograd, near a key sports facility as well as near Mamayev Kurgan," the Committee of Natural Resources and Environment representative Mikhail Mytarev said.
He noted that all incoming data is processed and analyzed by the committee’s specialists. In the event nitric oxide, nitrogen dioxide, carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, hydrogen sulfide will exceed the allowed limits, ecologists will immediately notify residents as well as Rosprirodnadzor [Federal Supervisory Natural Resources Management Service] regional management, Rospotrebnadzor [Federal Services for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing], the Prosecutor’s Office for the Environment and Volgograd’s authorities in order to determine the source of contamination," Mytarev stressed.
The station’s equipment will also monitor the weather – temperature and humidity, atmospheric pressure, wind direction and speed. The committee noted that this is a 16th station in the region, nine of which operate in Volgograd.
2017 was declared the Year of Ecology in Russia. Governor of Volgograd Region Andrey Bocharov set relevant agencies a goal in January to draw up a plan to reduce negative impact on the environment in all sectors of economy.