21 • 12 • 2012

Contaminated soil removed from state forests

Soil contamination in the forests of Zemgale, caused by a perpetrator dumping oil products only several kilometres away from the Latvian-Lithuanian border this past autumn, has been successfully removed.

State Police officers have managed to establish the perpetrator’s identity and the investigation continues within the framework of a criminal process. JSC “Latvia’s State Forests” Zemgale Forestry Executive Director Ilgonis Rozītis: “Thanks to local residents, who helped find the person behind this. Without their information, it would have been difficult to find the culprit.”


Overall, around 310 tons of contaminated soil have been collected and utilized in state forests. They have also been taken to a site where particularly dangerous waste is recycled to be purified and then return to nature.