Germany and Poland: the cause of the pollution of a river remains unknown

Germany and Poland: cause of river pollution remains unknown< /p> UPDATE DAY

The origin of the pollution of the Oder River, which flows at the Polish-German border, as well as the polluting substance remain unknown, the Polish Minister of Climate said on Sunday evening. 

Tens of tons of dead fish have continued to be fished out for several days along the river, in Poland and Germany. 

To date, “no analysis has confirmed the presence of toxic substances”, said Ms. Anna Moskwa, after a meeting with her German counterpart Steffi Lemke, in Szczecin, in northwestern Poland. .

According to Ms. Moskwa, the analyzes of the recovered fish did not confirm the presence of mercury or heavy metals. The only anomaly noted remains the high level of oxygen in the water.

“We are analyzing various possibilities, both the introduction of dangerous substances… and the natural situation”, the drought and the heat waves.

According to Ms. Lemke, it is now a question of “reducing the consequences of the disaster” and, if possible, preventing further damage that it may cause.

“We do not know how long and in what extent this disaster will impact the ecological system, months, perhaps years, ”she told the press.

The two ministers assured that the pollution of the Oder n had no impact on groundwater or drinking water on both sides of the river. 

Polish police on Saturday offered a reward of 210,000 euros to find the author of the pollution.

The Polish nationalist-populist government has found itself under fire from critics, both in Poland and in in Germany, for not having reacted earlier.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki admitted on Saturday that he had been informed of the situation only “on August 9 or 10”, when the first signs of the pollution were recorded on July 26 around the Polish city of Olawa (southwest).

The opposition, local authorities and environmental organizations, demand the resignation of those responsible for the case , including a deputy minister who was still encouraging people to go swimming in the Oder on Thursday.

The public prosecutor's office has opened an investigation.

The Oder which flows first in Poland, then forms a natural border between Poland and Germany, has been considered relatively clean for many years, ab attracting about forty species of fish, attracting many species of birds and animals.