The ACAP PSG on Dioxins was established in 2001 and aims to "Reduce or Eliminate Emissions of Dioxins and Furans in the Russian Federation with focus on the Arctic and northern regions impacting the Arctic". Based on the results of emission inventories carried out at 61 sites in Arkhangelsk, Komi and Murmansk during Phase I (2002-2005), a priority list was produced based on which a more comprehensive review was carried out at selected emission sources during Phase II (2005-2008). Out of the three most relevant sites, the Vorkutinskiy cement plant (VCP) in the Komi republic was chosen for the first Phase III project. During 2011-2013, feasibility studies were carried out at the VCP and further assignments for sampling & analysis of emissions as well asidentification of actions including emission reducing equipment were prepared for by the PSG in close dialogue with the company, the authorities and NEFCO. Installation of the first electro-filter was carried out by the company in 2013. During 2014-2015 the construction and installation of electro-filters and possibly also a cooling tower for reducing the emissions of dioxins, furans and other organic pollutants are planned for.


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