zNose deployed in Chinese petrochemical disaster

Published 2 December 2005

The zNose detection system from Newbury Park, California-based Electronic Sensor Technology (OTCBB: ESNR) is being deployed by China’s Heilongjiang Environmental Protection Agency (HEPA) to test the contaminated water in northeastern China caused by a recent chemical plant explosion. The zNose is being used by the Chinese authorities to measure the polluted water containing benzene, aniline, and nitro-benzene. The device is sensitive enough to detect pollutants present in minute quantities (low parts per billion) and quick enough to give a reading in less than ten seconds. Harbin, the capital of Heilongjiang, suffered a five-day water shutdown after a blast at a PetroChina plant upstream released 100 tons of chemicals into the Songhua River, which provides most of the city’s drinking water.

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