Cleanup of former Soviet bases may last until 2016

Restoration of land decimated by Soviet army bases in the 1970s and 80s may take another four years to complete. According to the Ministry of the Environment, the original deadline of 2012 has been extended to 2016 due to budget cuts. The ministry says that nearly 1.5 billion crowns were spent on the cleaning the grounds of gasoline and other contaminants; the remainder of the work is expected to cost roughly 150 million more. The state is also conducting an extensive technical inventory of the areas used by the Soviet army and work on clearing contamination may still be undertaken elsewhere.