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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Organizers Insist Sochi Will Meet Regulations

Organizers of the country's bid to host the 2014 Winter Games are aiming to ensure that construction of venues in and around Sochi are environmentally sound.

The Sochi 2014 bid committee made the pledge Wednesday, two days after Greenpeace Russia filed a suit in the Supreme Court that claimed construction of sporting venues and tourist infrastructure could harm rare plants and animals in and around two nearby protected parks.

Greenpeace also said some construction projects, which have attracted major investments by state-owned natural gas monopoly Gazprom and several tycoons, had failed to file environmental impact reviews, as required by law.

The bid committee said several projects had already received the necessary environmental review.

"We will ensure that all our plans meet and comply with the highest environmental standards of the Olympics and ecological communities in our bid to host the 2014 Olympic Winter Games," the committee said in a statement.

The committee pointed to a solid-waste processing facility being built in the Sochi area as an example of its commitment to the environment, along with air and water quality monitoring projects and erosion control measures being put into place.

But Mikhail Kreindlin, an activist with Greenpeace Russia, said the bobsled track and spectator stands were being built dangerously close to Sochi National Park, and a proposed hydroelectric station and high-speed railway link could also affect the region's fragile sub alpine environment.

Earlier this year, the Cabinet adopted a development program for Sochi calling for a $12 billion investment shared 60-40 between the government and the private sector -- an ambitious undertaking made possible by a steady flow of petrodollars that have filled government coffers.