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Syberian river turns red

Syberian river turns redRussian environmental inspectors have launched an investigation after a river near the Norilsk Nickel industrial complex in Siberia turned blood red.

The Daldykan River lies near Norilsk, an industrial center and one of the most polluted cities in Russia.

The scientific reason for the change in water color has yet to be uncovered. But many locals in social media have already blamed nearby metallurgical plants, owned by regional conglomerate Norilsk Nikel.

A statement released by Sergey Donskoy, head of Russia's Ministry of Natural Resources, said that according to preliminary information, a possible cause of the pollution was a “breakthrough slurry pipeline” at a Norilsk Nikel plant.

But the company has denied the accusation in pollution, saying it was due to an "accidental discharge" at its Nadezhinskogo metallurgical facility. Now the plant is “monitoring the state of the environment in the vicinity of the river.”

Locals have reported the river also changed colour in June, when the water turned a darker shade of red, an incident that received far less attention.

Norilsk Nickel is the world's largest nickel and palladium producer, which annually releases four million tonnes of cadmium, copper, lead, nickel, arsenic, selenium and zinc into the atmosphere.
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