Bulgaria's N-plant Plays Down Danube Oil Spot

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Bulgaria: Bulgaria's N-plant Plays Down Danube Oil Spot The oil spill entered the Bulgarian stretch of the Danube around two in the afternoon on Monday near the town of Vidin. Local Border Police experts immediately sent an official query to Serbia, but did not receive an answer before midnight. Photo by BTA

The huge oil slick that entered the country's aquatory along the Danube River has been fenced in to prevent accidents near Bulgaria's only nuclear plant at Kozloduy, located on the coast.

First reported as 22-kilometer long, the spot now turns out to be over 30-kilometre long and 400-meter wide. It has split into several parts, but continues to be with high density and huge enough to cause concerns.

Authorities said there are no risks for the oil spot to harm the nuclear plant cooling system.

The oil spill entered the Bulgarian stretch of the Danube around two in the afternoon on Monday. Local Border Police experts immediately sent an official query to Serbia, but did not receive an answer before midnight.

Authorities say the slick has apparently reached Bulgarian waters from the Serbian sector upriver. They believe it will be carried by the flow of the river to the Romanian coast partly due to the two large islands near Kozloduy.

Authorities called on people in riverside settlements to refrain from using water from the Danube.
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