(Jul 2, 2007)


Toxic waste blamed for killing 20 tons of fish in Serbia



From AP


BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) - About 20 tons of fish have been killed in a river in eastern Serbia, apparently by toxic waste from a local industrial zone, officials said Monday.

Vesna Mitrovic, health inspector from the Serbian government ministry of ecology, said that the weekend incident in the Beli Timok river, about 250 kilometers (150 miles) east of Belgrade, was of ''massive proportions.''

Mitrovic added that the river was apparently contaminated from the local sewage system, which is connected to the industrial zone of the town of Knjazevac.

It was not immediately clear what kind of chemical caused the disaster. Experts quoted by local media predicted that the Beli Tomik ecosystem would take at least 10 years to recover.


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