Poland’s Environment Minister Anna Moskowa has accused Germany of spreading false news. She is angry because Germany reported on Saturday that high concentrations of pesticides had been found in the Oder River. Massive fish deaths have occurred in recent weeks for no apparent reason.
“Attention, more fake news is spreading in Germany,” Moskwa wrote. Twitter. According to the Minister of Environment, the concentrations of pesticides are much lower and harmless.
In a laboratory in the German state of Brandenburg, researchers studied water samples. They found in it the herbicide 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid. Experts have already said that this cannot be the only cause of massive fish deaths.
According to the Polish minister, water samples were also tested in Poland. The amount of pesticides found was too small to have any effect whatsoever on fish or other animals.
The Oder River flows through Poland and forms a large part of the border with neighboring Germany. The past few weeks have been more than 190 tons of dead fish taken from water.
Great opportunity to dump chemical waste
Germany and Poland are investigating the mysterious fish kill, but they still don’t know why. A weed killer invented by Germany is the only evidence that has been found so far.
German Environment Minister Steffi Lemke spoke with Moscow earlier. Then she spoke of an “environmental catastrophe”.
It is not recommended for people to swim in the river or touch the water. Soon, local authorities in Germany spoke of poisoning. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki also considered it likely that chemical waste had been dumped.
Lemke reiterated the Brandenburg Environment Ministry’s complaint that Poland did not inform Germany in time. According to the minister, communication between the two countries should be improved.
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