The Express Tribune
Published Date: Mar 7, 2013
New project to measure mercury levels
Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) formally launched Pakistan’s
first ever project to measure mercury pollution on Wednesday.
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.
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.