A clean Asopos is ‘years away’

Cleaning up pollution in the Asopos River in central Greece, which tests have shown to contain high traces of carcinogenic hexavalent chromium, will take years or even decades – as long as it took manufacturers in the area to create the problem with their toxic waste, experts told a press conference yesterday. According to staff of the Institute of Geology and Mineral Exploration (IGME), no action has been taken since October when the disturbing results of tests on Asopos water were played down by the Environment and Public Works Ministry, which said it would conduct new tests. An IGME spokesperson said the ministry appears to be concerned about the cost of new tests but and that it fears further worrying test results. «It is clear, in the case of the Asopos, that there is an attempt to cover up the problem,» said Vangelos Arapoyiannis, the president of IGME employees.

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