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V. 39 Chapter 3 Environmental impacts, exposure assessment and health effects related to arsenic emissions from a coal-fired power plant in Central Slovakia; the EXPASCAN Study I. E. Farago, T. J. N. Colvile, B. Pesch, U. Ranft, P. Miskovic, P. Jakubis and the EXPASCAN study group1 Abstract The coal-fired power plant at Novaky in the Prievidza district of Central Slovakia has emitted in excess of 3000 tonnes As since commencing operations in the 1950s. This resulted from the combustion of brown coal containing up to 1500 mg/kg arsenic (As).

Development of arsenic testing kits ENPHO has recently assembled field level arsenic test kits. 6 USD/test). It is now under field testing with strict monitoring and crosschecking with laboratory tests using the atomic absorption spectrophotometer. 6. Arsenic testing and mitigation programs Arsenic testing programs are now being undertaken by most of the water supply agencies, but they are limited to tube-wells that were installed under their program. Some of the agencies such as the Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) and the Rural Water Supply Support Program (RWSSSP) have started some mitigation activities especially to provide safe water options such as household arsenic removal filters and the installation of iron– arsenic removal plants.

However, some organizations have also started to mitigate the problems. The following are some of the major activities going on in Nepal. 1. Coordination and networking For better coordination among the concerned agencies related to water supply, the Government of Nepal has constituted a National Steering Committee on Arsenic (NSCA). The committee, whose members are from all leading government, non-governmental and international agencies working on arsenic, meets once a month to review the progress of different agencies and prepare plans and programs at the national level for arsenic mitigation.

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