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Pollutant found in Naktong River fish

Posted November. 01, 2000 12:03,   


Environmental hormones were detected in the deposits in the estuary of the Naktong River and in most fish and shellfish inhabiting there.

This was disclosed by Rep. Oh Se-Hoon of the opposition Grand National Party during a parliamentary inspection of the Office of Naktong River Environmental Management by the Environment-Labor Committee of the National Assembly at the Office of Pusan Labor Affairs on Tuesday.

¡°According to data from Pusan City Hall¡¯s investigation of pollution in the ecosystem in the mouth of the Naktong River over the past two years, a large quantity of phenyl polychloride, a sort of environmental hormone, is in the deposits, and a considerable number of fish and shellfish living there,¡± Rep. Oh said.

One trout, representative species living in the mouth of the Naktong River, was found to be containing 75.67 parts per billion of phenyl polychloride, and corbicula, known as ¡°chaechop¡± in Korea, contained 1.11ppb, the lawmaker said.

Benzene chloride and benzene ethylene chloride also were detected in trout, sole and thin-shelled surf clams, according to Oh.

Cho Yong-Hui silent@donga.com