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Water samples from the Nemunas River do not show contamination from the Grodno nitrogen plant

2016-06-20

Last week, the information about yet another accident which could have taken place in Grodno Azot, a company in Grodno, was announced to the public. Officers from the Alytus Regional Environmental Protection Department of the Ministry of Environment hurried to carry out tests in the section of the Nemunas River which is closest to the border with Belarus.

Laboratory tests revealed that there was no contamination with ammonium nitrogen (NH4-N) in the water of the Nemunas. The test results showed even a smaller concentration of ammonium nitrogen than that detected after the explosion at the Grodno nitrogen plant which occurred on 6 June 2016. The tests results of total nitrogen (Nb) obtained today have also confirmed that the water of the Nemunas is not contaminated. Samples were taken immediately after the notices of yet another accident which could have taken place in Grodno had been published. The Alytus environmentalists claim that the current quality of water is very good. The physical indicators of the river, such as temperature, Ph, dissolved oxygen, and specific electrical conductivity, have not changed, and no cases of fish death were found; therefore, there are no grounds to suspect that contamination after the possible incident in the neighbouring country has spread into the territory of Lithuania.

The Ministry of Environment has not obtained any official data on yet another accident which could have occurred in the Grodno-based Grodno Azot company. Based on the data of the Dzūkija (Southeast Lithuania) air quality monitoring (AQM) station, the ambient air is not contaminated by ozone, sulphur dioxide or nitrogen.

Environmentalists will continue to monitor the water of the Nemunas River and the data of the Dzūkija AQM station. In case even the lowest level of pollution has been determined, we will immediately notify the public thereof.

Communication Division
20 June 2016


Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas