According tomedia reports, a derelict copper mine in Russia recently dumped a large amount of toxic waste on nearby rivers and lakes. The waste is stored in a pond for disposal, but no one can afford to pay for the processing, and recent rain has caused the waste to overflow. Russian Instagram user Sergey Zamkadniy shared a photo of a nearby river turning orange.
As Earther reports, waste from abandoned mines should be isolated in ponds built for this purpose. The region’s particularly heavy rainfall appears to have pushed these ponds to their limits and overflowed, spilling toxic waste into other sources. As you can see in these pictures, the amount of material leaking into nearby water is enormous.
Acidic mixtures are now invading natural rivers and lakes, which have caught the attention of the Russian government, which says it is investigating the apparent pollution crisis. There may also be legal issues for which the mine’s owners will have to be held accountable.
Prosecutor’s spokesman Marina Kanatova told AFP: “The Lower Tagil District Prosecutor’s Office has begun to inspect the facilities that treat waste water from the Levikinsky mine. She added that scientists would “take samples to determine whether the treatment of acidic water in the mine is in compliance.” “
According to Agence France-Presse reported that acid sewage was not properly treated because the company did not have the funds to buy materials used for neutrality and acidity. The mine’s operation was once in limbo, and the local government asked Officials in Moscow to seal it, but those in power refused because there might be resources to harvest. It is unclear how far the spill’s environmental impact will be.