Investigators are investigating reported Russian tundra pollution

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MOSCOW (AP) – Russia’s leading criminal agency launched a probe after a nickel processing plant with heavy metal contaminated water was reported to be pumping into the Arctic tundra.

The reported pollution reported by the Novaya Gazeta newspaper on Sunday was in the same region where a massive amount of diesel fuel entered Pyasino Lake last month, which feeds a branch of the Arctic Ocean.

The newspaper released a video of what it says was water from a Norilsk nickel enrichment plant that flows from a pipe and flows into a river that also runs into the lake. The Research Committee for the region said it sent investigators.

Norilsk Nickel, one of Russia’s largest companies, also owns the power plant from which some 21,000 tons of diesel oil leaked in May when a storage reservoir collapsed, possibly due to melting permafrost.

Both facilities are located north of the Arctic Circle, 2,900 kilometers (1,800 miles) northeast of Moscow, the Russian capital.

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