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Parliamentary question - P-002118/2022Parliamentary question

Pollution of the river Sajó – ecological disaster in southern Slovakia

Priority question for written answer  P-002118/2022
to the Commission
Rule 138
Loránt Vincze (PPE), François Alfonsi (Verts/ALE), Edina Tóth (NI)

Since 24 February 2022, the river Sajó (Slaná) in southern Slovakia has been hit by a major environmental disaster, with a severe impact on its wildlife and environment. The former iron ore mine in Nižná Slaná is leaking huge quantities of toxic substances into the river every day, including arsenic, manganese, antimony, iron and zinc. The authorities’ action so far has been delayed by jurisdictional disputes[1].

The Sajó is one of the largest rivers in eastern Slovakia and dozens of kilometres of wildlife have been destroyed by polluted water. Experts say it is only a matter of time before the pollution has severe cross-border effects.

Last updated: 16 June 2022
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