Environment watchdog follows up chemical waste TV exposure

Updated 2018-04-19 09:31:59 Xinhua

TV screenshot shows the pit where chemical waste is dumped.

Environmental protection authorities in north China's Shanxi Province have sent a team to investigate dumping of chemical waste exposed by a state television program.

CCTV ran a report on Tuesday based on their own investigation into the alleged dumping by the Shanxi Sanwei Group Co., a chemical manufacturer listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange.

Shanxi provincial department of environmental protection, along with the government of Linfen City, which administers Hongtong County, has sent a team of investigators to the county to look for possible malpractice, the department said.

According to the CCTV report, the company dumped coal ash and slag into a 30-meter-deep pit the size of two football fields. The pit has no barriers underneath as mandated by environment authorities.

The company is also suspected of illegally discharging waste water into the environment.

In an online statement, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) asked local authorities to use the full force of the law against violators and keep the public fully informed.

As a public company, Sanwei Group will face penalties imposed by both the MEE and the China Securities Regulatory Commission.

Farmers in Zhaocheng township alleged that village officials have allowed the illegal dumping and pollution.

Two village officials are in detention for obstructing reporting. Investigators are questioning company employees.

Also in the News

Nicole Kidman Recalls Oscar Glory: Loneliest Time
Showbiz2016/06/16 13:58May 23 2018 20:40:29

Nicole Kidman Recalls Oscar Glory: Loneliest Time

Attending Shanghai International Film Festival, Nicole Kidman talks about her role in "Grace of Monaco".

Labor Day Travel Peak Starts
Also in the News2014/05/01 12:16May 23 2018 20:40:29

Labor Day Travel Peak Starts

Johnny Depp Delivers a Speech 'Evolve the Future' in 'Transcendence'
Also in the News2014/04/18 13:18May 23 2018 20:40:29

Johnny Depp Delivers a Speech 'Evolve the Future' in 'Transcendence'

Hollywood star Johnny Depp's speech in the upcoming new film "Transcendence" has been disclosed on Friday, April 11th.

Most Watched

News:
China World Business Sports Showbiz Audio
Video:
C4 My Chinese Life The Sound Stage China Revealed Showbiz Video Travel Video
Photos:
China World Fun Travel Entertainment Sports
Travel:
Beijing Shanghai Guangzhou
Lifestyle:
Live Music Opera & Classical Movies Traditional Shows Exhibitions
Learn Chinese:
Chinese Studio Living Chinese Everyday Chinese Just For Fun Chinese Culture Buzzwords