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Toxic Tanneries.

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization reported on 9 November 2000 that a half million residents of Dhaka, Bangladesh, are at risk of exposure to harmful emissions from neighboring tanneries. The report says that factories produce 7.7 million liters of liquid waste and 8.8 tons of solid matter daily and discharge it into areas with no treatment or drainage systems, where it is left to accumulate. The toxic emissions, which include chromium, may contribute to a range of ailments in the people living nearby, including dysentery, jaundice, respiratory ailments, and skin diseases. Dhaka environmental officials say numerous studies have been conducted to work toward solving the problem. However, no action has been taken, despite the recommendation two years ago by the UN Industrial Development Organization that a treatment plant be set up as soon as possible.
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Author:Dooley, Erin E.
Publication:Environmental Health Perspectives
Date:Mar 1, 2001
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