Annual Report 2018-19

Title: Annual Report 2018-19
Publication Type: Reports (Conference & Workshops)
Year of Publication: 2019
Abstract: In India some of the hazardous waste dump sites have been identified as contaminated with mercury. However, the country does not have specific prescribed standard to categorise any of these sites as mercury-contaminated sites.The study shows the presence of Mercury in almost all the study locations. The presence of mercury was found in 6 out of 7 water samples which was higher than the drinking water standards prescribed by the BIS. In one sample from Ganjam, the Mercury concentration was observed to be 0.0166 ppm which was quite high and hence this particular site needs immediate remedial measures. The study has indicated that there could be Mercury contaminated sites in the country beyond the identified sites too, and that is something which needs further investigation. Currently apart from Rushikulya site in Ganjam, Odisha, there are hardly any research studies available on the presence of mercury in other Chlor alkali sites other possible sites.