Green snow has fallen on a Russian city, sparking anoutcry over pollution.
Chemicals pumped out by a chrome factory inPervouralsk have been blamed for thephenomenon, the latest in a string ofenvironmental concerns thought to be damagingVladimir Putin's popularity.
Protests have also been held over a Siberian coal processing plant blamed for turning snowblack, while residents of Sibai have launched legal action over smog which has blanketed theSouthern Urals town since November.
Parents in Pervouralsk, a city in the central Russian Sverdlovsk region, told local media theirchildren had fallen ill after green snow fell near their nursery. “They had a cough and their skinturned red, rashes on their face,” Natalya Solovey told ND News.
The chrome factory has denied the chemical poses a health risk.
It is not the first time pollution from the factory turned snow green in the city. In 2016, thephenomenon was caused by an overflowing pipe spilled chromium-contaminated water on tostreets.