- The Washington Times - Friday, March 13, 2009

MOSCOW (AP) - A factory in Siberia that has polluted the world’s largest freshwater lake with chemical effluent for decades is going to be closed for good.

Environmentalists have long struggled to shut down the Baikal Pulp and Paper Mill, located on the southern edge of Lake Baikal.

Scientists say its pollution of the lake’s legendary waters since 1966 has created a vast dead zone.

The plant’s outdated equipment and technology have long made it unprofitable, and it halted production in October.

On Friday, the company that operates it, Kontinental Management, said the plant won’t be able to restart operations. Shareholders will meet in coming weeks to decide what to do with it.

About 2,000 people will lose their jobs because of the shutdown.

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