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Chinese experts on Tuesday started taking samples of water, ice and bottom sediments in the Russian sections of the Amur River
Chinese experts on Tuesday started taking samples of water, ice and bottom sediments in the Russian sections of the Amur River. Together with specialists of the Dalgidromet Far Eastern meteorological service and Khabarovsk researchers they went in all-terrain vehicles to the area of the Vladimirovka settlement located several dozen kilometres from Khabarovsk, Viktor Boldovsky, an expert of the Institute of Water and Ecological Problems of the Far East department of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAN) told Itar-Tass. “The Chinese experts will take samples in several spots of Amur, including in the areas of Khabarovsk and Komsomolsk-on-Amur,” he specified. “Each side will conduct analysis in compliance with its country’s standards, but after that we will undoubtedly exchange the results and compare data,” the Chinese ecologists said. The research is conducted within the framework of the second stage of the Russian-Chinese monitoring of the Amur River. This stage will last till May 15 and it will make it possible to exactly assess the state of the water environment after spring ice drift and floods and specify the contamination level. Chinese ecologists believe that there will be no second serious contamination of the river as toxic agents from melting ice and bottom sediments got into the water. In particular, all restrictions on fishing have been lifted in the Sungari River basin. A ban on fishing in the Amur River has also been lifted in the Khabarovsk territory under a decree of the governor. The ban was in effect for three months. However, specialists have not recommended to the population to eat the fish, as it contains nitrobenzene and other toxic chemicals, even if in small doses.
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