Chinese benzene slick to reach Amur River 15-16 Dec

14 December 2005 13:08  [Source: ICIS news]

MOSCOW (ICIS news)--Benzene contamination from China's Jilin aniline plant is expected to reach Russia's Amur River on 15-16 December, the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry said on Wednesday.

A total of 24 water samples have been taken from the Amur River in the past 24 hours, but no signs of benzene pollution were discovered, the ministry added. The benzene slick was still some 50 kilometres (31 miles) from the Amur River on Wednesday, the ministry said.

Pollution of the Amur River by phenol-related chemicals is not likely to exceed permissible levels by more than 50%, according to the statement.

Explosions at Jilin Petrochemical’s aniline plant on 13 November resulted in the leakage of 100 tonne of aniline, benzene and nitrobenzene into the 1,850 km Songhua river, a main water source to millions living in the Heilongjiang area. The Songhua flows into the Amur River.

By: Sergei Blagov
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