2020.01.28 16:27

Wax-like substance found on Lithuanian beaches traced to Russia

BNS2020.01.28 16:27

Pieces of a substance similar to paraffin wax were found washed up on Lithuania's beaches last week. Environmental Protection Department said on Monday they came Russia's Baltic Sea exclave of Kaliningrad.

"The Environmental Protection Agency was asked to perform a backward modeling of pollution dispersion, which revealed that the substance could have come to Lithuania's territory from Russia," Ieva Krikštaponytė, the department's spokeswoman, told BNS.

The agency's experts have taken samples of the substance for analysis. Common applications for paraffin wax include lubrication, electrical insulation, and candles, and in various manufacturing processes, according to the European Association of European Candle Makers.

The Curonian Spit municipality of Neringa said pieces of white substance, believed to be paraffin wax, were first spotted on the beach on January 23.

The municipality has invited volunteers to come to the Nida and Juodkrante beaches on Tuesday to help collect the waste.

Smaller amounts of the substance have been washed ashore at other the Curonian Spit settlements, too, it said.

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