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TFR is leaning towards the natural cause of water pollution in Kamchatka
The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation considers a natural cause as the main version of the pollution of the Avacha Bay in Kamchatka. 20 investigators and criminologists continue to work at the scene.
According to the press service of the TFR, the specialists examined the water area and coastal territory of the Avacha Bay with a length of more than 200 km, as well as the areas adjacent to the disposal sites of hazardous substances. Samples taken there excluded the possibility of contamination.
It was also found that there were no leaks of oil products on ships and submarines that entered Avacha Bay. Experts did not find heavy metals in samples of water, soil and marine organisms. The previously detected concentration of phenol and oil products in seawater is not critical and has been observed in the water area of Avacha Bay since 1970. Investigators believe this is confirmation of the natural version of pollution, including as a result of algal blooms.
According to the results of biochemical examinations, there were no signs of toxic poisoning in local residents who sought medical help. The investigation of the criminal case continues.
In early October TFR opened a criminal case on the fact of pollution of the water area of Avachinsky Bay and the death of marine animals in Kamchatka. Experts investigate violations of the rules for the handling of environmentally hazardous substances and pollution of the marine environment.
Scientists consider red tides as the main reason for the pollution of Avachinsky Bay in Kamchatka - bloom of toxic algae... The Moscow State University scientist believes that climate warming could cause active algae bloom in Kamchatka. Such phenomena will occur more and more often with warming water temperatures.
Specific substances in the Avacha Bay Rosprirodnadzor did not find.