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Greenpeace Published the Results of Water Samples from Kamchatka
October 16, 2020 11:34

Greenpeace has published the result of samples taken in the area of an ecological disaster in Kamchatka. None of the identified compounds could have caused such serious consequences, the organization said.

The Russian branch of Greenpeace has published the results of samples of sea and river water and biomaterials (molluscs, crabs) taken in the area of the ecological disaster in Kamchatka. The organization reported that the samples contained components of petroleum fractions, fatty acids and esters, chlorine-containing and other compounds, as well as substances that can be part of biopesticides, compounds of the terpene group and derivatives of fatty acids and hexaethylene glycol.

None of these compounds "on their own or in the concentrations detected, could have caused the serious effects observed," Greenpeace emphasizes. "This means that in the search for the cause of the ecological catastrophe, both versions remain acute -  technogenic and natural," the organization noted, adding that today "none of the versions explains what happened."

In early October, surfers reported water pollution in the area of Khalaktyrsky beach in Avacha Bay in Kamchatka. Scientists have announced the death of 95% of the inhabitants of the seabed in the Avacha Bay.

Governor of the Kamchatka Territory Vladimir Solodov said in an interview with Forbes that two versions of what happened were being tested - technogenic and biological, namely the impact of toxic microalgae. Earlier, Solodov named seismic activity as a possible version, but, according to him, scientists "quite confidently reject the version with volcanic activity."

The Investigative Committee of Russia opened two criminal cases - on pollution of the marine environment and violation of the rules for handling environmentally hazardous substances and waste. The first victim was a member of the Russian national surfing team Maya Rudik, who received a corneal chemical burn during training on the Khalaktyrsky beach, RBC said, citing the athlete's lawyers.

Author: Anna Dorozhkina

Tags: Kamchatka ecology    

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