Latest News:  
Beijing   Cloudy/Sunny    -3 / -10   City Forecast

People's Daily Online>>China Society

Cancer chemical found in river and reservoir

By Li Qian (Xinhua)

08:35, January 21, 2012

HIGH levels of a cancer-causing heavy metal and arsenic have been discovered in a river and reservoir in the southern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

Despite efforts to dilute the pollution, carcinogenic cadmium still remained at three times permitted levels in the reservoir at Lalang Hydroelectric Dam on the Longjiang River on Thursday afternoon, Xinhua news agency said yesterday.

Local officials said cadmium levels of 0.0247 milligrams per liter were recorded.

But arsenic content has fallen to safe levels since the water was diluted, reported Xinhua.

"Test results show that dilution has worked and will continue," said government officials in Hechi City, which administers Yizhou City.

Authorities in Yizhou City were alerted on January 15 when fish kept in cages in the reservoir died.

Officials ordered dam staff to discharge large quantities of water to dilute contamination.

The authorities have warned residents not to drink water from the river and wells are being dug to ensure safe drinking water, Xinhua said.

The pollution came from a source outside the city and an investigation is under way, said officials. It will focus on chemical and manufacturing plants along the river.

The Ministry of Environmental Protection has organized a work team to visit Guangxi to conduct a probe.

Cadmium is a key component in battery production, coatings, electroplating and toys. Exposure can result in fever, pneumonia, kidney failure and cancer.

Email|Print|Comments(Editor:梁军)

Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name

  

Selections for you


  1. Yuhua pebbles with dragon pattern to greet Year of Dragon

  2. Japanese intellectuals – back to the rice fields

  3. Lanterns lit up along Confucius Temple and Qinhuai River

  4. Polish amber exhibition held in Beijing

Most Popular

Opinions

  1. Six-party talks should not be shelved
  2. Downplaying Iran nuclear issue not a good sign
  3. US actions make China-Russia alliance appealing
  4. No one can say 'no' to peace
  5. Cautious end to a record year for foreign investors
  6. US sends subtle signal to Iran
  7. Farewell to double-digit GDP growth
  8. Actions speak louder than words
  9. New driving force for East Asian cooperation
  10. In love with luxury amid global gloom

What's happening in China

NGOs: Residents should set off fewer fireworks

  1. China establishes Ship Dynamic Monitoring Center
  2. BMW recalls faulty Mini Coopers in China
  3. CNOOC denies sinking of oil ship
  4. Supercomputer built in China takes wing in Jinan
  5. China's top 10 scientific breakthroughs of 2011

PD Online Data

  1. Yangge in Shaanxi
  2. Gaoqiao in Northern China
  3. The drum dance in Ansai
  4. Shehuo in Baoji City
  5. The dragon dance