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Army troops stem gas emission

Army troops stem gas emission

[January 19 2018]

Sri Lanka Army personnel of the 14 Chemical, Biological, Radiology and Nuclear (CBRN) Regiment of the Sri Lanka Engineers (SLE) provided assistance to control a toxic gas emission from the ground at a residential compound in Wewelduwa, Kelaniya recently (12th January).

According to Army media, a team of 17 personnel of the 14 CBRN Response Regiment had arrived at the location after being alerted of the incident by the National Authority for Implementation of Chemical Weapon Convention (NACWC). Preliminary investigations had revealed that the gas being emitted is identical to colourless Ammonia or Carbon Monoxide. The team also found that a chemical reaction developing underground was the direct result of the toxic emission. The land-owner had allegedly filled the location earlier with soil from an industrial site.

The CBRN troops took measures to stem the emitting smoke by removing the harmful soil and fill the location with new soil.

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