During the last days of January and beginning of February 2020, the snow turned black in the city of Temirtau, Kazakhstan.
And according to netizens, it seems to be a recurrent problem… So what the heck?
At the end of January, Kazakhstan was hit by a record-breaking blizzard, leaving people freezing in cars and trapped in homes by meters of snow and extreme winds. And it’s exactly then that it started snowing BLACK SNOW on Temirtau.
While everybody would by amazed and baffled by such a phenomenon, local residents stormed the social medias to denounce heavy environmetal pollution from ArcelorMittal Temirtau JSC, the world’s leading integrated steel and mining company.
According to officials, black snow fell on Temirtau in the past two winters.
Google translation: We turn to the management of ArcelorMittal Temirtau to comment on the situation with black snow – this “phenomenon”, which has become a distinctive hallmark of the city, has been recorded again: a multi-day blizzard covered Temirtau with pure white snow, but on February 1 it turned black again. Gentlemen, professional metallurgists heading a city-forming enterprise, explain to Temirtaus what could have happened in less than a day, what kind of black particles appeared on fresh white snow, what kind of placers are these? Of course, you can crush us, amateurs who are far from metallurgy, with your experience and knowledge, listing a lot of ingenious terms, numbers … And if humanly? In plain language – explain what gray-black precipitation could fall in the middle of winter and if the plant’s activity is related to this – how will you correct the situation? Almost 200 thousand residents of the city are looking at you – turn around.Consider this appeal as an official request to ArcelorMittal Temirtau JSC from the Internet newspaper Zerkalo. Thank you in advance for your reply.
Here a video of he black snow falling:
Google Translation: This is tough guys, tomorrow I plan to write a letter to Mittal too, will I demand compensation and trips for my whole family somewhere like Borovoy, or something like that, should I hide, should I breathe this dirt and put up with it?
Google Translation: East a couple of days after a week of snowstorm, a couple of days turned into a visual aid to the colors black / white. And this is inside the yards, not the roadway !! What are we breathing ??? In summer this is not visible, but winter is an indicator of our ecology and inaction of all ministers who should do this !!! How long will you poison us? Where else to run and complain? A SHAME
If I was those residents, I would try to close down that ArcelorMittal plant as soon as possible… Just in case they don’t want to die early from cancer or any other lung-related disease. Similar pollution news on Strange Sounds or Steve Quayle. [Zerkalo-Gazeta]