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Mercury level below limit: Hanoi
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Mercury level below limit: Hanoi

The Saigon Times Daily

A worker takes samples of air at the area near the Rang Dong factory. The amount of mercury in the air over a 24-hour period on average was below the permissible level - PHOTO: VIETNAMPLUS

HCMC – The amount of mercury in the air over a 24-hour period on average is below the permissible level, the Hanoi government said 20 days after the inferno was put out at a warehouse owned by Rang Dong Light Source and Vacuum Flask JSC, according to Tuoi Tre news site, citing Vu Dang Dinh, Hanoi government office chief.

Speaking at a regular meeting held by the Hanoi Party Committee’s Ideology and Education Commission today,  September 17, Dinh stated that during the decontamination process at the Rang Dong light bulb warehouse, the relevant agencies took samples of soil, water and air at three locations for testing.

Compared with the national standards on the quality of the atmosphere and some toxins in the air, the test results of these samples showed that the parameters for sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide are still within the permitted range.

As for the cause of the fire, Dinh cited a report by the city police to say the blaze was sparked by a LED light catching fire on the second floor of the facility. The flames then quickly spread to other areas.

Mai Trong Thai, head of the Hanoi Environment Protection Subdepartment, under the Department of Natural Resources and Environment, noted that the unit had been assigned to examine the site of the fire and take samples for testing. The testing process was started on August 29.

The results of these tests have been sent to the city’s media agencies and the authorities of Thanh Xuan District for publication, Thai remarked.

The municipal Department of Natural Resources and Environment will continue testing samples of soil, water and air for mercury contamination to keep local residents up to date on the safety of their environment, Thai added.

Tran Thi Ha, deputy director of the Hanoi Department of Health, stated that healthcare centers are offering free services and examinations to over 2,120 residents within a 500-meter radius of the fire.

The municipal department collaborated with Thanh Xuan District to organize free medical exams for 1,980 teachers and students at kindergartens, primary schools and secondary schools in the Ha Dinh and Thanh Xuan Trung wards.

The results of 483 tested samples of blood and urine indicated that mercury levels in the blood and urine were within the permissible range, Ha said.

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