This River In Russia Has Turned Red And Everything Is Horrible

SEPTEMBER 11, 2016  —  By Mike Cahill  
Mike Cahill

Mike Cahill

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Environmental disasters are disturbingly common these days. While the U.S. has more than its fair share, environmental disasters in Russia are the ones that tend to make news. Now, whether that's media bias or not, it's hard to argue with horrifying pictures of the huge country's devastated landscapes.

The latest disaster from Russia is the extreme pollution of the formerly pristine Daldykan River, which is near the city of Norilsk in the Arctic Circle.

According to local indigenous people, pollution of the river has something to do with a nearby nickel processing plant.

They say that improperly treated industrial waste is responsible for the river's blood-red color.

However, the company that owns the plant, Norilsk Nikel, has denied that their facility is experiencing any leakage.

(via Mashable)

Regardless of who's ultimately responsible for this nasty case of pollution, it doesn't bode well for the surrounding area. Here's hoping that this cleanup effort isn't affected by the blame game.

 

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