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The front of the "Sungari toxic spill" is nearing Khabarovsk
The front of the "Sungari toxic spill" is nearing Khabarovsk. In a few hours, the polluted mass of water will reach the city's main water intake area. The regional commission for emergency situations noted at the previous meeting that the concentration of nitrobenzene does not exceed 0.5 of the maximum permissible value in all sample areas. No traces of benzene have been found thus far. Active carbon is used to purify the water before pumping it into the supply lines for the population. The coal filters installed at the main intake area, can handle a pollution of up to 2 maximum permissible concentrations. Meanwhile, none of the water samples showed a dangerous level of nitrobenzene compounds, which hover around 0.5 to 0.6 of maximum permissible concentration. Much of the spill has been diluted by Amur tributaries. The benzene sleek will pass Khabarovsk on December 25 and reach the town of Amursk ten days later. Municipal water intake facilities in southern districts of the city resumed operation on Wednesday evening as authorities announced that tap water was safe to drink. Water supply has been restored in the villages of Krasnaya Rechka and Bychikha. The cutoffs affected some 6,000 residents. Deputy chairman of the regional emergencies commission Vladimir Popov said the laboratory for monitoring the quality of Amur waters, fielded in the village of Nizhne-Leninskoye, Jewish Autonomous Area, will move to the village of Nergen, Nanai District. Active monitoring of Amur waters will continue as the benzene spill will move downstream to the Tatar Strait.
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