Air quality: New project to measure mercury levels

SDPI staff gave a demonstration of mercury pollution measurement at the SDPI office in Islamabad on Wednesday.


Our Correspondent March 06, 2013

ISLAMABAD: The Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) formally launched Pakistan’s first ever project to measure mercury pollution on Wednesday.

The project, which will identify and monitor Mercury emission and release sites in Pakistan, is a collaborative effort between SDPI, European Environmental Bureau (EEB) and Zero Mercury Working Group. SDPI staff gave a demonstration of mercury pollution measurement at the SDPI office in Islamabad on Wednesday.

The mercury levels at the office ranged between 10.44 and 10.89 nanogram per cubic meter (ng/m3), which is below the international permissible limit of 2000ng/m3. SDPI monitoring team will visit Lahore, Peshawar, Islamabad and Rawalpindi for further monitoring at different sampling sites, including dental clinics and lighting manufacturing facilities.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 7th, 2013.

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