CORONEL, Chile, Oct. 5, 2000 (—Sulfur dioxide (SO2) levels in Chile’s southern Region VIII town Coronel register levels exceeding 160mg per cu. m., over the allowable limit of 80mg per cu. m., according to a study by Coronel and Region VIII environment regulator Corema, El Metropolitano (Chile) reported.

Chimney emissions from fish meal processors and power generator Endesa’s Bocamina coal-fired thermoelectric plant are the principal sources of SO2, according to the study. Coronel’s worst hit areas are Cerro Obligado, Cementerio and Bocamina, although summer southerly winds push the pollution northward to San Pedro de la Paz and Region VIII capital Concepcion.

Concepcion health authorities are considering the study and should determine what penalties to assess as well as timeframes companies will have to reverse the emissions problem, according to El Metropolitano.

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