Snow in Kazakhstan turns black due to high pollution levels

The Independent | 1/12/2018 | Harriet Agerholm
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Black snow has been blanketing a city in Kazakhstan, leaving residents worried by the coal coloured flakes.

Officials in Temirtau said they were investigating as locals blamed emissions from the city's numerous factories for the phenomenon.

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Some of them told The Astana Times that there was a strange smell wafting around the city.

Environmental experts, prosecutors and city representatives have come together to investigate. They were joined by officials from the central Karaganda region where the city is based.

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Many residents have blamed the country's biggest steel production plant - Karaganda Metallurgical Combine - which is based in the city that is home to Kazakhstan's iron industry.

Alibek Bekmukhametov, who head's the a region's Ecology Department told local media that the plant exceeded the legal emissions limits.

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