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January 6, 1984



Moscow

Pravda runs rare report on industrial pollution

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Heavy industrial pollution is killing off thousands of acres of forest around the Soviet carmaking town of Togliatti, the Communist Party daily Pravda said in a rare report on the environment Thursday.

It said a ''bitter smoke'' hung permanently over the hills and woodlands around the industrial center on the Volga River, and it suggested ecological damage would soon create a wasteland there.

Pravda made clear its report was part of a new approach in response to a demand from President Yuri Andropov last month that industries pay more attention to pollution control.