Mass fish die-off in German-Polish river blamed on unknown poisonous substance

An evaluation of river water from Monday confirmed proof of “artificial chemical substances, very in all probability additionally with poisonous results for vertebrates,” the ministry stated on Thursday, including that it remained unclear how the substance entered the water.

In accordance with native broadcaster RBB, the state laboratory discovered excessive ranges of mercury within the water samples.

The top of Poland’s nationwide water administration authority instructed non-public broadcaster Polsat Information that the presence of mercury within the water had but to be confirmed, nevertheless.

“In the intervening time, these are press studies. We’ve got no affirmation relating to mercury within the Oder,” Przemyslaw Daca, the pinnacle of Polish Waters, stated.

The ministry in Brandenburg, the state surrounding Berlin, stated it had not but been doable to evaluate what number of fish had died throughout Poland and Germany.

“The chains of communication between the Polish and German sides didn’t work on this case,” Brandenburg atmosphere minister Axel Vogel stated, including that German authorities nonetheless had obtained no notification from Poland on the incident.

In a warning despatched to the general public earlier this week, Germans within the Uckermark and Barnim districts, house to rolling hills and a nature reserve, suggested residents to keep away from contact with water from the Oder and an adjoining canal.

Dead fish are removed from the Polish side of the river Oder on Saturday.
Fish are removed at a mobile catch basin from the Oder river on Saturday.

Tons of useless fish have been discovered since late July within the river Oder.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki stated the waterway would take years to return to regular.

“The size of this air pollution could be very huge. So huge that the Oder might take years to return to a reasonably regular state,” Morawiecki stated in an everyday podcast on Friday.

“It’s possible that big quantities of chemical waste have been dumped into the river,” he stated, including these accountable can be held accountable.

Late on Friday Morawiecki fired the pinnacle of Poland’s nationwide water administration authority, Przemyslaw Daca, and the pinnacle of the final environmental inspectorate Michal Mistrzak, saying that their establishments ought to have reacted earlier.

Poland plans to arrange a barrier on the Oder close to town of Kostrzyn to gather useless fish flowing down the river, with 150 Territorial Defence Forces troopers delegated to assist with the clean-up.

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