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Eerie black snow falls over Siberian region triggering acute pollution concerns from locals

By The Siberian Times reporter
15 February 2019

Ghostly pictures of dark snowscapes - which should be pristine white - as blame pointed at failure to filter fumes at coal plant.

Eerie black snow. Picture: nataseife, Typical Kemerovo

Prosecutors in Kemerovo region are reportedly checking the cause of black snow over three cities in the coalmining region - Prokopyevsk, Kiselyovsk and Leninsk-Kuznetsky. 

Pictures shared by locals show alarming black winter scenes with one comment reading: ‘Is this what snow looks like in hell?’

Others have claimed there is a beauty in the bleak snowscapes.

Local media have blamed the gloom on local plants processing coal.

Director general of Prokopyevskaya factory Anatoly Volkov explained to Vesti-KUzbass TV channel that a shield stopped working at his plant protecting the air from coal powder. 

Eerie black snow falls over Siberian region triggering acute pollution concerns from locals


Eerie black snow falls over Siberian region triggering acute pollution concerns from locals


Eerie black snow falls over Siberian region triggering acute pollution concerns from locals


Eerie black snow falls over Siberian region triggering acute pollution concerns from locals


Eerie black snow falls over Siberian region triggering acute pollution concerns from locals


Eerie black snow falls over Siberian region triggering acute pollution concerns from locals


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. Pictures: Typical Kemerovo


Deputy governor of Kemerovo region Andrei Panov - in charge of ecology - is to meet local environmentalists to discuss the matter. 

He suggested this plant was not the only cause of the problem.

Coal boilers, car exhausts and other coal-burning plants were also to blame.

On social media residents point the finger at other plants too, alleging there is a long-term lack of environmental protection in an region that’s lifeblood is coal.

‘No cleansing systems, all the waste, dust and dirt, coal lay in the area. Our children and us are breathing it. It's just a nightmare,’ said one.

Another commented: ‘The government bans smoking in public. But let us inhale coal dust all together and let it reside in our lungs.’

Eerie black snow falls over Siberian region triggering acute pollution concerns from locals


Eerie black snow falls over Siberian region triggering acute pollution concerns from locals


Eerie black snow falls over Siberian region triggering acute pollution concerns from locals


Eerie black snow falls over Siberian region triggering acute pollution concerns from locals


Eerie black snow falls over Siberian region triggering acute pollution concerns from locals


Eerie black snow falls over Siberian region triggering acute pollution concerns from locals


Eerie black snow falls over Siberian region triggering acute pollution concerns from locals
Black snow falls over Siberian region triggering acute pollution concerns from locals. Pictures: N
ataseife, kamenkseni, Typical Kemerovo


Many on social media concerns about pollution.

The region ‘is just a place for extracting resources’ with the authorities not caring about ‘living conditions (and) culture’, was one angry comment. 

’It is not surprising that our people have no taste in art, it simply can't form when you live around ugly sculptures covered with black snow, and slide down a black slide, and see dirty monuments.’

Cars were seen covered in grime but many expressed most concern over young lungs. 

‘The future of our children is terrifying.’

Pictures from Kemerovo region by Orlovprklife, Willravilov, Typical Kemerovo

Eerie black snow falls over Siberian region triggering acute pollution concerns from locals


Eerie black snow falls over Siberian region triggering acute pollution concerns from locals


Eerie black snow falls over Siberian region triggering acute pollution concerns from locals

Comments (3)

I thought that was just one top layer till I saw a picture of snow that has like 15 different layers of black snow.An ongoing trend like that has already made the kids future suffer.
James, Alaska
23/02/2019 05:56
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Coal dust has been found all over the Arctic. It does not stay in Siberia, it can travel all over the world. Greenland has black snow too.
JR, USA
16/02/2019 04:00
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but most important- no smoking in public!!!!!!!
MORAK Benedikjt, Moscow
15/02/2019 23:19
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