High Pollution Levels Leads to Blanket of Black Snow Falling on Siberian Town

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Snow tainted by coal dust from a nearby power station. Credit: Siberian Times

A Siberian coal mining town has gotten a blanket of black snow, a regular occurrence in the region known for high industrial pollution levels. The snow in the town of Prokopyevsk, darkened by coal dust, was featured in Sunday’s Russian state TV report. Black snow also has been seen in the nearby towns of Kiselyovsk and Leninsk-Kuznetsky in Siberia’s Kemerovo region.

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Prokopyevsk, Russia

Anatoly Volkov, the director of the Prokopyevskaya coal plant, said some emissions escape and “we can’t tackle coal dust in the streets.”

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Credit: Siberian Times

Local prosecutors are checking to see if the processing plant observed industry emission standards.

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Credit: Siberian Times

Kemerovo regional governor Sergey Tsivilyov says authorities have tried to tackle pollution and several mines promised to resettle residents from the most polluted areas to less impacted ones.

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Credit: Siberian Times

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