Pollution Found In Tisza Waters In Hungary

  • 21 Jul 2016 9:00 AM
Pollution Found In Tisza Waters In Hungary
An independent laboratory has found a toxic material in the water of the Tisza River, in a sample taken during an environmental protection campaign, reports indicate. The amount of pollution found in upper reaches of the river in Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg county was twice the maximum tolerable level.

The toxic substance is phthalate, a chemical added to plastics to increase their flexibility.

It is good that no pesticides or traces of discarded pharmaceuticals were found in the water, Gábor Bordós of the testing company commented.

Volunteers collected 45,000 PET bottles during the campaign.

The phthalate may have come from the many PET bottles found in the river near where the sample was taken, Bordós added.

Source: Hungary Around the Clock

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