OJSC Irkutskenergo is satisfied with an objective investigation into the causes of a low water level in Lake Baikal
During a low water period in 2014 and 2015, Irkutskenergo strictly complied with the requirements of government regulators for the volume of water flow from Lake Baikal into the Angara River through the dam of the Irkutskaya HPP. This has been publicly stated by the West Baikal inter-district environmental prosecutor Alexey Kalinin. He has also pointed out that "after the Irkutskaya HPP had been built, the water level in Lake Baikal rose by 1 meter; the lake essentially became a reservoir, and the dam made it possible to regulate its level. This falls within the competence of an interdepartmental working group on regulation of the water level in Lake Baikal created by the Federal Water Resources Agency. In 2014, power companies closely followed its recommendations without deviating even by a meter."
Earlier, the cause of the low water level in Lake Baikal had been explained by the Russian Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Sergey Donskoy, the head of the Federal Water Resources Agency Marina Seliverstova and the Russian Minister of Civil Defense, Emergencies and Disaster Relief Vladimir Puchkov; it consists in the fact that in 2014 the volume of water inflow into Baikal was low (68% of the normal amount). This, in turn, was caused by warm air temperatures and a shortage of precipitation throughout 2014.
Irkutskenergo is satisfied with an objective investigation into the causes of the low water level in Lake Baikal. In the future, the company will continue to comply strictly with the laws and instructions from regulators. As for unprofessional statements and unfounded accusations leveled at Siberian power companies by a number of officials and representatives of non-governmental organizations, they should be on their authors' conscience.
Press service of OJSC Irkutskenergo
March 16, 2015