Hundreds of dead fish removed from Rio de Mirandela

in World · 01-10-2019 14:27:00 · 0 Comments

The Mirandela and Valpaços municipal civil protection services have removed hundreds of dead fish from the Rabaçal River in Trás-os-Montes, which are being investigated by the authorities.

The incident is attributed to a factory that works in the area and that has also been linked to fumes and fog that allegedly lead to frequent chain accidents on the road that connects Mirandela to Valpaços.

Those responsible for the factory reject responsibilities that will now be cleared by the authorities after the river has been cleaned, as indicated by the municipal coordinator of Civil Protection of Mirandela, Maria Gouveia.

According to the official, the municipal services were alerted on 22 September to the existence of dead fish near the Eixes reservoir and immediately moved there.

As reported, they found that "there was a very thick cream on the surface of the river water and hundreds of dead fish on the surface."

On the same day, the municipal Civil Protection services met with the Portuguese Environment Agency (APA), GNR, environmental services and Vale do Tua Regional Natural Park to articulate the measures to be taken to resolve the situation.

“As early as Sunday (22 September) we tried to look for fishing nets to contain the fish if the dead fish went downstream. We also immediately provided contact with the upstream dam managers so that no discharges were made,” the source said.

With these preventive measures they were able to contain the dead fish and on 24 September they proceeded with the removal of fish nets.

A sanitation collection truck was also used to remove the cream from a possible surface discharge in a joint operation of the Mirandela and Valpaços municipal civil protection services.

"This is an accident whose origin is being ascertained by GNR and APA and which we are trying to correct in the shortest possible time," said Maria Gouveia.

The residents of the area attribute pollution to an olive oil extraction plant, they do not want to close the factory because it “gives a lot of jobs”, but demand measures, as one of the residents, Paulo Moreno, said.

Factory officials declined to make statements to journalists, but dismiss any “voluntary” intervention in this accident.

The same company has been challenged by the fumes and fog that accumulate on the road that connects Mirandela in the Bragança district to Valpaços in the Vila Real district.

In March 2019, the Valpaços Chamber warned of “the danger” on National Road 213 (EN213), which is associated with the origin of several road accidents that have occurred on that road.

Amílcar Almeida spoke of a “wall of smoke and fog” that usually appears between 6am and 10am and “undoubtedly compromises visibility, safety and road traffic”.

The mayor stated on that occasion that he has already exposed the situation to various entities such as Infrastructures de Portugal (IP), the North Regional Coordination and Development Commission (CCDRN), National Road Safety Authority, Portuguese Environment Agency and Regional Directorate of Economics.


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