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A government advisory panel said June 20 that high levels of dioxin, commonly detected close to waste incinerators, should be curbed under a revised administrative ordinance for enforcing the Air Pollution Law.

The level of dioxin in the air over Japan is reportedly about 10 times greater than that over the U.S. and Europe. In Japan, the carcinogen has been detected not only in the air but also in soil near dump sites and even in the food chain.

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