» 07/21/2010, 00.00
Dalian oil slick to reach international waters
More than 500 fishing boats are requisitioned to clean up 183 km2 of oil-covered sea after explosions rip through port. Many fear the disaster is greater than initially thought. Environmental protection is poorly enforced.
Lead poisons the blood of 84 children in Yunnan
Precious metals mining and smelting cause air, soil and water pollution. However, as much as Beijing might slam pollution, it does precious little to contain it.
Top mining company responsible for major spill in Fujian, three top officials arrested
Zijin Mining Group admits toxic spill polluted Ting River, blames accident. Investigators say leakage was deliberate as witnesses point out that latest incident was the third since June. This time, Beijing appears to be serious about cracking down.
Black oil slick covering 100 km2 of sea in Dalian
Two days after blasts damage oil pipelines near Dalian oil terminal, clean-up effort continues. An oil storage tank with 100,000 m3 is destroyed. Rescue operation struggling to contain pollution as environmental safety remains major challenge.
80-kilometre slick of contaminated water reaches Harbin
Benzene levels in contaminated water are 30 times higher than safety levels. It can poison and cause cancer and other diseases. Residents are angry but resigned to see the slick pass through. Russia is also expected to suffer from the pollution.
Officials (belatedly) apologise for lying about the Harbin disaster
For ten days TV stations played down and lied about the problem. Newspaper commentaries now express outrage.
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