Black snow fell on the Russian region of Kemerovo, Siberia, triggering an investigation by the prosecutor’s office.
Black snow fell on the streets of three towns in the region, Prokopyevsk, Kiselevsk and Leninsk-Kuznetsky.
Many citizens have shared the images of dirty snow on social networks, reports many Russian media
Eerie black snow falls over Siberian region triggering acute pollution concerns from locals. Ghostly pictures of dark snowscapes – which should be pristine white – as blame pointed at failure to filter fumes at coal plant https://t.co/yh15JjJN2n pic.twitter.com/NNJbyK6bvP— The Siberian Times (@siberian_times) February 15, 2019
According to regional media reports, the snow has turned black due to coal dust emissions at two local factories.
Prokopievskaya’s general manager Anatoly Volkov told Vesti-Kuzbass TV that filtering curtains protect the streets from coal.
Black Snow Falls in Russia— ☀Metalert Ireland☀ (@MetAlertIreland) February 15, 2019
Worried residents of a coalmining region in Siberia have been posting videos and photos today showing entire streets and districts covered in toxic black snow that critics say highlight a man-made ecological catastrophe. #metalertireland pic.twitter.com/8uriBjcMfW
Deputy Governor of the Kemerovo Region, Andrei Panov, said that “coal boilers, vehicle exhaust fumes and other polluting industries contribute to this pollution”.
The authorities intend to use dust cannons, protective barriers and other methods to fight dust.
Social network users in the region criticize local coal companies.
#Russia is a country of outstanding natural beauty and diversity. But the sheer lack of environmental regulations is a devastating effect for residents in #Kuzbass, where last night there was BLACK SNOW. pic.twitter.com/zMiEWBJbnh— Khodorkovsky Center (@mbk_center) February 14, 2019
В одном чёрном-черном городе, выпал чёрный-чёрный снег…— Леонид Ильич (@Bartolomju) February 13, 2019
Это не родина Тимати (как вы могли подумать) – это Кузбасс.
Дышите глубже. pic.twitter.com/WaCx806eWH