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High levels of toxic mercury in vicinity of closed thermometer factory: NGO

Source: The Hindu, Date: June , 2015

A new study done by a Chennai-based NGO Community Environmental Monitoring has found high levels of toxic mercury in vegetation and sediment collected in the vicinity of Hindustan Unilever’s now closed mercury thermometer factory in Kodaikanal. The NGO collected lichen, moss and sediment samples for the study in April 2015. These samples were analysed at the Department of Atomic Energy’s (DAE) National Centre for Compositional Characterisation of Materials (NCCCM) in Hyderabad. The study further confirmed that HUL’s factory site is still contaminating the air and leaking poisons into its surroundings, including into the ecologically sensitive Pambar Shola and the Pambar River. “The factory site continues to release mercury into the environment,” said Nityanand Jayaraman, advisor to Community Environmental Monitoring.

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