Chemical leaked on roadsides in Zemgale, guilty party detained

The State Environment Service (VVD) inspectors and police officers have detained a polluter who has leaked chemical substance on roadsides in the Zemgale cultural region, VVD told the press.

The VVD received complaints from local residents about pollution with unknown substances on roadsides in a number of counties in Zemgale, and two days later detained a person whose vehicle had leaked the chemical substances in Jelgava and Bauska counties in a distance of several kilometers. A criminal process has been launched.

According to initial assessment, the substance is cyanide ions originating from Olaine chemical plant Biolars.

VVD representative Maruta Buklēviča told LETA that so far there are no concerns about harms to human health, but residents are asked to be cautious and avoid the polluted roadsides.

VVD will select a company who will investigate the polluted sites and provide recommendations on how to tackle the pollution.

VVD in cooperation with the State Police continue investigation in the case.

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