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Russian specialists will be taking water samples near the village of Nizhneleninskoye
Russian specialists will be taking water samples near the village of Nizhneleninskoye, 40 kilometers downstream the mouth of the Sungari river every day, starting from September 4, the Ministry of Natural Resources told Itar-Tass referring to the Amur department of the Federal Agency for Water Resources. "The analysis of samples will be carried out on a whole range of indicators," a Ministry official said. Laboratories of the Khabarovsk territory in the meantime are testing methods of complex sample analysis. The water sources administrations in Khabarovsk, Komsomolsk-on-Amur and Amursk were ordered to be prepared to use activated carbon for water purification. According to the information of the Chinese consulate general in Khabarovsk, ten cubic meters of waste water were dumped in Sungari's tributary Mangniu on August 20. China officially stated that it had eliminated the consequences of the incident and that there was no danger of chemical contamination of the Sungari. Itar-Tass correspondent Boris Savelyev reported on August 26 that Khabarovsk environmental experts, after studying all the circumstances of the incident in the province of Jilin, arrived at the conclusion that "there was no threat of pollution to the Amur." A delegation of Khabarovsk environmentalists returned from Harbin on Friday. They found out that there was no incident at a chemical plant in the province of Jilin. But Chinese workers who were ferrying toxic waste from a chemical plant for recycling, dumped it into the Mangniu river. The local authorities reacted to the incident quickly and effectively. However, the Khabarovsk territory governor stated at a news conference on Monday that China was offering "truncated information" about the incident. "One can hardly believe that just ten cubic meters of waste water were dumped into a Sungari tributary, with tent camps put up in the zone of the incident and hundreds of people trying to eliminate the consequences of the contamination," governor Viktor Ishayev emphasized. The Khabarovsk region administration requested information from the agencies concerned, from the Russian Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of Natural Resources to China's State Council and the administration of the Heilongjiang province. According to Ishayev, the province has taken all the necessary measures and put up control posts. "It will be clear -- once polluted water gets into the Amur -- what chemicals, diluted or non diluted, got into the river." The environmental situation in the basins of the Sungari and Amur is "a problem of national significance," the governor said.
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