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Environment Ministry of Russia Calls Meeting over Murmansk National Park

​The Natural Resources and Environment Ministry of the Russian Federation has called an emergency meeting after environmentalists walked out of a working group meant to resolve a dispute about road-building in the Murmansk region. 

Minister Sergei Donskoi will personally chair a meeting of the group in Moscow next week, ministry spokesman Timur Chernyshev said.

The move brings to a head a dispute that has been simmering since the government granted rights in 2006 to the Northwestern Phosphorus, part of the Acron Group, to extract apatite and nepheline — both rare minerals — from the Khibiny Mountains.

Earlier this year the company started building a road between the Partomchorr and Oleny Ruchei deposits, across Umbozersky Pass on the Kola Peninsula, an area earmarked for a national park.

Environmentalists immediately complained that the Umbozersky Pass road would irreparably alter the relatively small mountain chain, kill the idea of the national park and destroy plans for developing ecotourism in the area.

A working group that includes representatives of the company, the Murmansk region administration and environmental groups was set up in June to resolve the issue.

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