Ministry of Ecology: No evidence of pollution of the Black Sea

The forecast for the northwestern Black Sea until July 12 remains favorable, with likely pollutants circulating in Ukraine’s exclusive economic zone, the Ministry of Environmental Protection said.

The Ministry of Environment and Water is providing regular monitoring of the sea water situation following the destruction of the wall of the Nova Kakhovka dam, located on the Dnieper River in Ukraine.

The latest data from the digital modelling of the Centre for Integrated Coastal Zone Management and Monitoring of the N. Y. Vaptsarov”, as well as satellite monitoring, do not indicate any pollution of the Bulgarian water area with potential contaminants due to the incident:

– The forecast for the north-western Black Sea until 12 July remains favourable, with likely contaminants circulating in the exclusive economic zone of Ukraine;

– Simulations from early July show no likelihood of potential contaminants entering Bulgarian waters;

– Satellite imagery indicates that no pollution is observed in Bulgaria’s coastal and exclusive economic zone.

The information on the results of the surveys were published in the press releases of the MoEW on 30 June, 28 June, 26 June.

The Black Sea Basin Directorate and the Regional Laboratory – Varna at the EAEU are monitoring weekly the state of the Black Sea waters at three additional sites in the coastal zone that were designated in response to the emerging situation – Durankulak coast, Shabla coast and Kaliakra coast. The MoEW is in constant exchange of information with the Ukrainian, Moldovan and Romanian authorities on potential pollution of the Black Sea waters.

The monitoring of the sea water status is coordinated with the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Tourism for the smooth running of the tourist season.

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