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Black, post-apocalyptic snow blankets part of Siberia

connectVideoBlack snow raises health concerns for the residents of Prokopyevsk, Russia

Black snow, allegedly caused by a local coal processing in the factory, is the increase of the health problems for the residents of Prokopyevsk, Russia.

Toxic, black snow, is part of a coal-mining region in Siberia in a post-apocalyptic landscape.

Residents in three Russian cities are tweeting images and videos with cars, streets and buildings covered with a gross-looking, black snow.

The authorities have attributed the black snow coal processing plants in the area. The director of one of the plants told The Siberian Times that a shield designed to prevent coal powder escape failed, resulting in the soot-colored snow.

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“It is more difficult to find white snow black snow during the winter,” Vladimir Slivyak, a member of the non-profit environmental group Ecodefense, told The Guardian. “There is a lot of coal dust in the air the whole time. When snow falls, it will only be visible. You can’t see the rest of the year, but it is still there.”

According to the british news site, the dust from the coal plants contains a range of heavy metals, such as arsenic and mercury is a health hazard and the threat to the environment.

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The local residents blame the coal-fired power plants and a lack of regulation.

“No cleaning systems, all the waste, dust, and dirt, coal was in the area. Our children and us are breathing. It’s just a nightmare,” said one of them, according to The Siberian Times.

Another remarked: “The government is banning smoking in public. But let us inhalation of coal dust all together and let it stay in our lungs.”

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In December, authorities tried to hide toxic snow by covering it with white paint, the Moscow Times.

A report of Ecodefense listed in 2015 that the life expectancy in the region is about three times shorter than the Russian national average, while cases of tuberculosis and other diseases are double the nation’s average.

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