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Jakarta Post

Mercury found at old Exxon site

  • Adianto P. Simamora

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, August 26 2010   /  09:37 am

An investigation by the Environment Ministry has found that soil at former workshop and warehouse facility of ExxonMobil in Hueng village in North Aceh allegedly contains mercury, a highly toxic metal.

The field investigation was conducted from Aug. 18 to 20 with four samples of soil taken from the area of measuring 15x17.8 square meters.

“The mercury could be seen in the field,” Imam Hendargo Ismoyo, deputy minister of the hazardous waste at the Environment Ministry said on Wednesday.

He said some parts of the soil was infused with the metal as deep as 60 centimeters when the ministry’s officials dig it up.

The ministry said it would bring samples to its laboratory to confirm the finding before taking any legal action.

Officials from Environment Ministry and ExxonMobil Indonesia were slated to meet on Thursday to clarify the findings.