Russian river turned red by metallurgical waste

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Moscow, Sep 13 (IANS) The world’s biggest nickel producer has admitted a spillage at one of its plants which was responsible for a river in Siberia turning blood-red.

After denying blame for the contamination of the water, Norilsk Nickel said on Monday that a dike at its Nadezhda plant overflowed, colouring the Daldykan river, by the Arctic town of Norilsk, red, CNN reported on Tuesday.

“On the September 5 after abnormal heavy rain, the overflow of one of the dikes occurred, and water entered the Daldykan river,” Norilsk Nickel said in a statement.

The company said the “short-term river colour staining with iron salts” presents no hazards for the people and river fauna, and said it will work to avoid such incidents in the future.

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Last week, residents shared online images of the river and contacted authorities.

There is a lot of mining near Norilsk, because the area has massive deposits of nickel, copper and palladium, CNN noted.

The region is also known for its heavy pollution.

–IANS

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