Norilsk,Russia Sep 09 : A Russian river located in the Arctic town of Norilsk turned bright red like a blood on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, authorities are trying to examine why the river changed colors and are evaluating possible environmental damages , and said the incident doesn’t pose an immediate threat to the residents’ well-being, said the Norlisk city administration.
The water may have reddened due to “an unidentified chemical” from the nearby Nadezhda Metallurgical Plant, Russia’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment said in a statement Wednesday. If a pipeline broke, contaminants could have leaked into the river, the ministry added.
However, according to residents, the river color has changed earlier as well .The plant is owned by Norilsk Nickel, the world’s largest nickel producer.The company has so far denied that the pollution was caused by discharge from its plant.
Residents told Krasnews, a local newspaper, that it’s not the first time that the Daldykan River has turned red, but did not provide further details.
Situated near the world’s largest deposits of nickel, copper and palladium, the river attracts the mining industry.Norilsk is also known for its heavy pollution, which is often considered the worst in Russia.