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SRospotrebnadzor and Rosselkhoznadzor have taken under tight control the place of confluence of the Sungari River into Amur
Specialists of the Russian Federal Service for Supervision of Consumers Protection and Welfare (Rospotrebnadzor) and Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Supervision Service (Rosselkhoznadzor) of the Jewish Autonomous Area of Russia have taken under tight control the place of confluence of the Sungari River into Amur. A toxic spill is flowing down the Sungari River from a cjhamical plant in China's Jilin province. The Emergency Situations Ministry's main department for the autonomy told Itar-Tass on Friday that the Chinese Consulate General in Khabarovsk has confirmed the fact of unsanctioned discharge of toxic liquid into Sungari. However, the Chinese side so far has not provided full information regarding the volume of the discharge and the nature of the substance. According to calculations made by the emergencies ministry specialists who have already dealt with the aftermath of the Amur River benzene contamination in November 2005, the new spill of hazardous chemical compounds may reach the Amur River near the Leninskoye settlement in three-four days. This settlement is located 240 kilometres from Khabarovsk where the spill will get in some 40 hours after that. According to official explanations of the Chinese side, "There is no threat of chemical contamination not only for the Amur but also for Sungari River as well," the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday. The Russian Foreign Ministry through the Russian Embassy in Beijing "turned to the Chinese state administration for the protection of the environment in connection with chemical pollution of the Mannu River (a Sungari tributary) in the Jilin province in the northeast of China." According to explanations received, the ministry said, "a five-kilometre red spill and a slight amount of foam" was spotted in the Mannu River. An on-site examination showed that the pollutants were benzene compounds. "The pollution occurred through the fault of a local chemical company that discharged some 10 cubic metres of chemicals into the river," the Foreign Ministry indicated. The provincial government launched an extraordinary plan for the contamination aftermath liquidation - dams were built down the river course, including with the use of activated charcoal for intercepting and adsorption of the pollutants. Tests made on August 24 in the morning showed that the above pollutants were not found even two-three kilometres from the dam down the Mannu River, including at its confluence with the Sungari.
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