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Toxic air in 2 Guimaras sites

September 15, 2006

From GMA News TV

THE Deparment of Health (DOH) reported Friday that the air in at least two areas in Guimaras Island, the worst hit province of a massive oil spill in Central Philippines, displayed high levels of toxic contaminants.

Government toxicologists reported that Nauway village and Sitio Butconaway in Sibunang and Nueva Valencia towns, respectively, had above normal levels of benzene, ethybenzene, toluene, hydrogen sulfide and other chemicals.

Oil sludge that washed up on the once pristine beaches, health experts found, polluted the air with toxic fumes.

In contrast, however, residents in Kabalaghan and La Paz villages in Nueva Valencia could now breathe easier after collected oil sludge was boarded onto a hired barge for the disposal.

Meanwhile, clean-up operations in Guimaras resumed Friday after workers in the province were given protective gear.

(For the full story, click Toxic air, Sept. 15, 2006.)

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