REUTERS

The so-called Deputy Prime Minister of Russian-occupied Crimea, Igor Mikhailichenko, has said that heat and a continued absence of rain have resulted in emissions of harmful substances in the north of Crimea.

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"According to a preliminary probe, emissions of the substance were caused by evaporation of acid from a storage facility used by a branch of Titanium Investments Ltd. Rising air temperatures, a continued absence of rain and a decrease in the level of water in the acid storage facility have contributed to the emission of the substance," RFE/RL's Krym-Realii media project quoted Mikhailichenko as saying.

According to him, the issue of making top managers of the enterprise liable for the failure to comply with environmental requirements when handling industrial waste is being considered.

As UNIAN reported earlier, an environmental disaster has been unfolding in northern Crimea as residents of Armyansk, Krasnoperekopsk and Dzhankoy complain of air pollution with sulfuric acid evaporations.