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Sunday, 20 February, 2000, 12:17 GMT
Bulgaria wants compensation for cyanide disaster



Bulgaria is considering whether to seek compensation from Romania for the cyanide spill contaminating the river Danube.

The Bulgarian Environment Minister, Evdokia Maneva, said Romanian officials had failed to provide adequate information about the extent of the spill when it occurred at a gold mine in Romania last month, and that cyanide levels in the Bulgarian stretch of the Danube were still forty percent above the internationally accepted levels.

The spill has been described as the worst ecological disaster to hit Eastern Europe since the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. It has contaminated water supplies and killed hundreds of thousands of fish in the Danube and its tributaries.

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