Ar­senic re­port on China river called in­cor­rect

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

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)

BAI YANG / XIN­HUA

China’s re­search ves­sel and ice-breaker “Xue­long”, or “Snow Dragon”, breaks through the Antarc­tic’s heavy ice 445 kilo­me­ters (277 miles) from the Zhong­shan re­search base dur­ing the coun­try’s 31st Antarc­tic ex­pe­di­tion. Mis­sion mem­bers will build a base sta­tion for a nav­i­ga­tion satel­lite sys­tem, which will pro­vide data and tech­ni­cal support for Antarc­tic sur­veys and map­ping.

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