Fågel som flyger över viskan. Foto: Camilla Walldán/SR
A bird flying over Viskan river. Credit: Camilla Walldán/SR

Borås one of many towns seeking clean-up funds for polluted sites

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The western city of Borås is hoping to get state money to clean up old textile industry residues that wound up at the bottom of Viskan river.

Swedish Radio's local station there reports that the river's sediment has large amounts of zinc, chromium and mercury, and toxins like dieldrin and dioxins.

The Environmental Protection Agency will decide whether to grant them money to prepare for the cleanup work, but the EPA gets more applications for cleanup work than they have money for, as Per Nilsson, who works at the agency dealing with polluted areas, tells Radio Sweden. That means some cleanup work has to wait until the EPA's budget is replenished.

Nilsson talks about some of the sources of pollution in Sweden, which cleanup applications are prioritized, as well as some of the methods that can be used to get rid of contaminants.

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