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Agency forecasts pollution around Khabarovsk to be acceptable


MOSCOW, November 25 (RIA Novosti) -Russia's hydrometeorological agency forecasted Friday that pollution of the Amur River near the Far Eastern city of Khabarovsk would not exceed the maximum allowable concentration (mac) levels.

"The nitrobenzene concentration in the Amur near Khabarovsk will be less than one mac," a press release said.

The agency, however, said nitrobenzene concentration near the village of Leninskoye, close to the Chinese border, might be 1.5-2 times above mac in the next two or three days.

According to the agency's Far Eastern experts, polluted waters may reach the village of Leninskoye November 27-28, Khabarovsk - December 1-5 and Komsomolsk-on-Amur - December 8-11.

Experts from the agency, the Emergency Situations Ministry and other departments will be monitoring water pollution on the Russian-Chinese border.

About 100 tons of chemicals were released into the Songhua River, a tributary of the Amur, following an explosion at a petrochemical plant in China November 13. The huge spill, covering a total area of 80 square kilometers, is slowly moving down the Songhua and has already reached the Chinese city of Harbin.

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