Some 10,000 tons of lead residue has spilled
into the Rivers Vaser and Viseu, tributaries of the Tisa (Tisza) River.
The incident was caused by the Aurul company in Baia Borsa that was responsible
for the cyanide spill in early February. The company failed to notify the
authorities of the spill, which occurred on 27 March during heavy rainfalls
that resulted in the breaking of a five-meter stretch of a dam, RFE/RL's
Bucharest bureau and Reuters reported. Samples of water from the Tisa show
lead is 2.7 times over permitted levels. Environment Minster Romica Tomescu
visited the area on 28 March, together with World Bank director for Romania
Andrew Vorkink, who is currently in Romania to see how the bank can help
that country cope with ecological problems as well as improve health care
and wildlife conservation. MS
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