Environment: Uneasy Flows the Dniester

A major spill brings a harsh rebuke from Soviet authorities

Although the Soviets have tough environmental laws on the books, they are all too often ignored by bureaucrats eager to meet economic goals. Reports trickling out of Moscow indicate that there is still widespread poaching, uncontrolled mining, and contamination of air and water, including continued spillage of industrial wastes into Siberia's aquatic jewel, Lake Baikal, the deepest lake in the world.

Not surprisingly, the Soviets rarely launder this dirty linen in public. Now a change seems to be in the air. The officially controlled press has acknowledged, in almost painful detail, an environmental...

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