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Iran can fine Azerbaijan2012-08-28 12:34
According to the deputy head of the Marine Department of Environmental Protection of the Islamic Republic of Iran Reza Abdul Karbasi, Azerbaijan is using outdated equipment for oil production in the Caspian Sea and takes no action to clean and improve the environment, the ChechenInfo reported.gt-en-newsitem-inside
According to him, as soon as Tehran prepares an indicative estimate of the costs to clean up the sea, Iranian Foreign Ministry would forward the data to the Azerbaijani authorities to collect from them the amount in the form of a fine. These data will be based on the recently prepared report of the deparment.
In particular, it presents the results of a survey of coastal areas of the northern province of Gilan. The report includes satellite images, which show a large number of oil spills in the area of about 110 km in length, fetching down to the coast of Iran from Azerbaijan.
Over recent years, experts have repeatedly drawn attention to the problem of ecology in the world's largest closed reservoir, the BCM.ru reported. Earlier this year, the head of the Research Institute of the Caspian Environment Reza Pourgholam stated that industrial and oil pollution of the Caspian Sea has reached a critical level.
According to him, the development of oil fields and tanker traffic annually results in the sea dumping of more than 122 tons of potentially hazardous substances. Pourgholam also claimed that Iran is almost not responsible for the pollution of the sea, dumping there only agriculture wastes (fertilizers and pesticides).