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12-03-2018 13:03 | Read 303 times

EPD investigates mysterious black liquid near Teknecik

The Environmental Protection Department has launched an investigation after a newspaper splashed pictures on its front page of a mysterious substance spilling out from a pipe at the Teknecik power plant.

EPD investigates mysterious black liquid near Teknecik

By Yasemin Gülınar

Cyprus Today’s sister newspaper, Kıbrıs, published photos yesterday appearing to show the pipe discharging into a pool of “black liquid” — claimed to be fuel oil — prompting fears of an impending environmental disaster.

Department head Abdullah Aktolgalı said investigators from his unit had taken specimens from the pool, along with samples of a “cotton-like material” suspected of being waste sulphur from a nearby rubbish tip.

Teknecik, run by the Kıb-Tek electricity board near Alagadi, east of Girne, has been at the centre of pollution concerns before, previously over unfiltered smoke belching from its chimney.

“I will not make any assumptions about what the substances could be as our teams are doing their best to find out in order for us to take further action,” Mr Aktolgalı said.

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