Lab Tests Show Radioactivity in Water Pipe in SW Bulgaria
Tests of the local health inspectorate in Blagoevgrad have indicated the presence of radioactive water in a drinking water pipe in the village of Krastiltsi.
According to reports of the Bulgarian National Radio, the laboratory tests were made on a tip-off of locals.
The samples diverged from the norms for total alpha activity and natural uranium specified in Ordinance #9, according to Maria Stancheva from the regional health inspectorate.
She claimed that an order had been issued for stopping water supply and it had been handed to the Mayor.
She suggested that the inspectorate had made several checks, only to find that the water supplied had been stopped and then restored.
Stancheva made clear that the Mayor of the Sandanski Municipality had been imposed administrative sanctions.
Sandanski Mayor Andon Totev, however, vowed to appeal the penal ruling in court.
He said that everything possible had been made to protect the local population from the radioactive water and accused the residents of arbitrariness.
Totev suggested that the claims of the health inspectorate were untrue.
He insisted that water supply had been immediately stopped on their instruction but the locals had managed to restore it on their own initiative.
The Mayor of Sandanski vowed to provide water trucks for the village.
He questioned the accuracy of the tests, stressing that the uranium mine near the village had been defunct for over 35 years.