Arsenic report on China river called incorrect
An NGO’s allegation that arsenic content of the Xiangjiang River in central China’s Hunan province exceeded national standards 715 times is incorrect and irresponsible, according to an official from the province’s environmental protection bureau.
The official criticized the NGO’s sample-collecting methods, saying the water sampling point should be 0.5 meters below the surface, while the report’s sample was collected from the sediment of the river.
The allegation was in a report released by a local environmental protection NGO, Changsha Shuguang Environmental Charity Development Center.
The organization claimed it spent more than 500 days investigating the heavy metals content of contaminated mining areas collecting 164 samples including soil and rice. (Photo 4)
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