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Dangerous chemicals found in south China river

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 06:50 a.m. HST, Jul 06, 2013

BEIJING >> Residents and water plants along a river in southern China that is used as a drinking source have been warned not to use the river's water after authorities detected excessive amounts of two dangerous chemicals.

Tests by authorities detected the chemicals thallium and cadmium in a section of the Hejiang River in Guangdong province after dead fish turned up in the water, the official Xinhua News Agency said today.

The Fengkai county government warned downstream water plants and residents against using the water or eating anything from the river, Xinhua said. Cadmium is considered an environmental hazard, and thallium is extremely toxic. No illnesses have been reported.

Xinhua said the pollutants were believed to have come from upstream, and later reports said excessive amounts of the chemicals were detected in the upstream Guangxi region. The reports didn't say how the pollutants got into the stream.

Hejiang is a major tributary of the Xijiang River, which serves as the primary water source for Macau and the city of Zhuhai.

Water pollution is a serious problem in China due to unscrupulous industrial waste disposal.

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Terii_Kelii wrote:
What a surprise. not.
on July 6,2013 | 05:13AM
manakuke wrote:
Often in America industrial pollution has led to poisoned citizens; many ‘superfund sites’ have resulted.
on July 6,2013 | 06:06AM
Pacej001 wrote:
And this has to do with China how?
on July 6,2013 | 07:27AM
Pacej001 wrote:
What a surprise. A truly shocking headline would have been EDIBLE FISH FOUND IN SOUTH CHINA RIVER.
on July 6,2013 | 07:28AM
eleu808 wrote:
The river water of Kaukonahua stream in Waialua, the longest stream in the Hawaiian islands, should be tested. Chemicals are sprayed right next to the hanawai going int the stream.
on July 6,2013 | 10:20AM
hikine wrote:
This is a major setback with industrialization of the country. People are ignorant of disposing dangerous chemicals. Chinese people I tell you!
on July 7,2013 | 12:57AM
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