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Toxic chemical into the Songhua River leads to environmental emergency
In Jilin, floods wash 3,000 barrels of a toxic chemical compound into a river, causing long moments of fear. Alarm ends a day later. In Nanjing, a propylene pipeline explodes during building demolitions, kills and injures dozens. Heavy rains continue. Floods cause almost a thousand deaths this year.
Sacked official "found dead" after Jilin blast
The city's vice-mayor, who was responsible for environmental protection, "was found dead yesterday". He was one of three officials sacked in the wake of the explosion at the plant and the pollution of the Songhua River. Meanwhile, the toxic benzene slick is working its way towards Russia, which has charged: "Only scarce attention is paid the environment in China".
Company only fined for benzene slick in Songhua River
The company responsible for the 2005 environmental disaster that affected the Songha River (100 tonnes of benzene in the river) is ordered to pay maximum fine of one million yuan. But a year ago the court rejected a 10 billion yuan demand for damages to the environment.
13/01/2006 CHINA Â– UNITED NATIONS
UN says Beijing should have informed the population of the Songhua toxic spill
The United Nations is urging China to plan its environmental disaster responses. Greater pollution is among the many causes of growing social protests, experts say. Without action it might undermine economic development and the domestic credibility of the Communist Party.
Toxic coal tar threatens water supply of 10 million people in Shanxi
Road accident causes spill; 60 tonnes of toxic coal tar accidentally dumped into a river. Water reservoir that serves city of Baoding is threatened. Chemical factory explosions in Zhejiang threaten spring that feeds Oujiang River.
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.
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