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The benzene slick has fully flowed out of the Sungari River into the Amur
The benzene slick has fully flowed out of the Sungari River into the Amur and has passed the first village on the Russian bank – Leninskoye in the Jewish Autonomous Region, Tass learnt at the press service of the regional branch of the Russian Ministry for Emergencies. The total length of the slick is 200 kilometers. “The level of nitrobenzene concentration in water on the Russian side of the Amur exceeds insignificantly permissible norms,” reported chief sanitary doctor of the Jewish Autonomous Region Vassily Yanovich. “Incidentally, we registered a decline in the level of the ceiling permissible concentration on December 18. We control the water quality, as before, round-the-clock.” The Chinese side is unable to cope with dam construction to straddle the Kazakevichev arm of the river, the territorial commission on prevention and overcoming of emergencies stated at its meeting on Tuesday. The executives of the Khabarovsk Territory plan to fly to the construction site to settle all problems with the leadership of the Chinese Heilongjiang province. Governor of the Khabarovsk Territory Viktor Ishayev noted that the sides “will examine the question of aiding the Chinese side with machinery which is on Great Ussuri Island”. If the Kazakevichev arm is not sealed off, polluted water will get into the Amur arm through it, stopping the operation of the three water intakes, feeding water to the southern part of Khabarovsk, the village of Bychikha and other towns and villages. There is a possibility of temporary stoppage of centralized water supplies to the southern part of Khabarovsk over the changing situation and a possible threat of shutting down the intakes. All services received specific instructions to take emergency measures as a result of the emerging situation. The speed of the slick’s flow along Amur increased to 60 kilometers per day. The approach of the forward zone of pollution to Khabarovsk is expected on December 21. Specialists have not detected so far any dangerous levels of water pollution near Khabarovsk.
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