PF experts will analyze the color change of the Tapajós River in Alter do Chão

Group formed by specialists and the Public Ministry will fly over the region of Pará this Monday

Reproduction / TV GloboColor of the Tapajós River turned brown in the last week

A Federal police launched an inquiry to investigate the reasons for the change in the color of the waters in the Tapajos river, in Alter do Chão, in the For. The corporation has sent experts to the region and intends to fly over the area this Monday, 24th. The inspection will be carried out with two aircraft from the Chico Mendes Institute for Conservation and Biodiversity, which will arrive this Sunday, 23, at the site, informed the FEDERAL POLICE. The group that must attend the affected region will also be composed of members of the public ministry, technicians from the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources and researchers from the Federal University of Western Pará. According to the Federal Police, the inspection will analyze the extent of the stain that is causing the change in the color of the Tapajós River, in addition to collecting samples of turbid water at different points of the river for further analysis and expert report. The investigation was officially opened on Thursday, the 20th.

The corporation also indicated that technicians from the IBAMA and the Pará Department of Environment and Sustainability, with the support of the Fire Department, started on Wednesday, 19, an emergency inspection of the Tapajós River. Samples were collected and sent for analysis after the water showed a cloudy color – not characteristic in the region. This Friday, the 21st, the Federal Public Ministry sent requests to Ibama and the Environment Secretariat to inform them what measures they are taking to contain damage to the Tapajós River, in western Pará. West of Pará (Ufopa) inform if there are studies on the turbidity of the waters and on cases of mercury contamination in the human and animal population of the region. The agency also decided to invite researchers, public agencies and entities and organized civil society to discuss measures to contain the advance of pollution in the Tapajós river bed.

*With information from Estadão Content

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