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Siberian locals concerned about black snow falling in Omsk

Feb. 9, 2014 at 12:17 PM

OMSK, Russia, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Locals are concerned about black snow that has covered the ground in a city in Siberia, Russia's environmental watchdog Rosprirodnadzor said.

The black snow in Omsk also appeared twice in December, and was likely caused by a local thermal power station, TPP-5, that was working at overload capacity, Rosprirodnadzor told RIA Novosti.

"Work is under way. According to preliminary reports, this is again TPP-5 that has dumped ash. By Monday, the samples will be examined," a spokesman for the organization said.

The plant had said that it would replace a filter for one of its tubes to fix the problem. The filter was expected to cost $4.3 million.

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