Russian region warns of China's chemical pollution

16 March 2007 12:38  [Source: ICIS news]

MOSCOW (ICIS news)--Russia's regional authorities on Friday warned of continued chemical pollution of the Amur river from China.


Following water monitoring between 9-15 March, phenol pollution levels in the Amur river near Khabarovsk exceeded permitted levels by 60%, the Khabarovsk regional government said in a statement.


Regional officials have repeatedly voiced concern about China's 100 plants on the banks of the Songhua river (known as Sungari in Russian), which reportedly cause heavy chemical pollution of the Amur river.


Earlier this week, Khabarovsk regional governor Viktor Ishayev announced that phenol pollution of the Amur would continue for the next 50 years because of contamination of the Sungari.


In November 2005, a blast at the Jilin petrochemical plant in northeast China contaminated the Songhua and Amur rivers. In August 2006, another chemical leak into the Songhua river was reported in Jilin.


By: Sergei Blagov
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