Elevated Radiation Confirmed for Bulgarian Beach
The radiation at the Bulgarian Black coast bay “Vromos” is twice higher than the norm for this area, the Executive Environmental Agency reports Tuesday.
The measurements were made as part of the annual program for radiation monitoring.
In the beginning of August, the Burgas Regional Governor, Konstantin Grebenarov, issued an order banning the use of the beach located between the municipalities of the city of Burgas and the town of Sozopol, near the town of Chernomorets. At the time Grebenarov said he made the decision after consulting with experts from the Health Ministry and the Environmental Agency.
The reason for the pollution is deemed to be radioactive waste from the nearby mine, containing copper and uranium.
Grebenarov’s order triggered large-scale protests among hotel and land owners around the bay, saying the order serves business interests and aims at lowering property prices in the area.
During a recent visit to Sozopol, Finance Minister, Simeon Djankov, promised the owners to make sure there would be a second measurement, and if it proves the radiation is within the norm, the ban would be lifted.
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