Business Daily News
July 5, 2004
Inner Mongolia, July 06, SinoCast - A June
26 report from the local environmental protection agency reveals
that the volatile hydroxybenzene contaminant in Wulate Front
Banner reach of the Yellow River in Inner Mongolia Autonomous
Region is over 100 times higher than the national standard, the
most serious pollution in the past fifty years.
It was reported on the morning of June 29 that the water there
blackened, white foam flowing on the surface, stink and smelly.
Dead fishes can be seen anywhere along the polluted stream. The
chemical oxygen demand was 200ml per liter of water, 15 times of
the national standard. Moreover, sulfureted hydrogen content was
11 times higher.
An initial analysis indicated that the pollution was due to the
industrial wastewater emitted from three paper mills and one
chemical plant and the irrigation water refluence in the region
nearby. The concerned departments are working for pollution
control and safe water supply.