Liliana Mara, head of Romanian delegation to the Danube commission, warned that incidents like Baia Mare could reoccur. "An accident like this...could happen again quite easily," she said. "There has been a lot of rain in the region. The Romanian authorities do not know if the dams holding back muds contaminated with cyanide and heavy metals will withstand the bad weather".
Ms Mara's comments follow a second large spill from a Romanian lead and zinc mine earlier this month (ENDS Daily 13 March). News that the Baia Borsa mine has in fact suffered two spillages this month emerged earlier this week.
Also present at today's presentation was the chair of a parallel EU-led task force on the Baia Mare accident, which is focusing its efforts more on responses. This held its first meeting earlier this month (ENDS Daily 14 March). The UN group is due to formally release its findings on Baia Mare next week.
UN Regional Office for Europe, tel: +41 22 917 1234.
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