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2006-02-07 01:24:08

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's top pollution watchdog will demand officials report spills within an hour of their outbreak in an effort to deter cover-ups, the official People's Daily said on Tuesday. An unnamed official from the State Environmental Protection Administration told the paper that officials and executives who delayed reporting or covered up "sudden environmental incidents" may face criminal prosecution. But the official also warned that China will find it near impossible...

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2006-02-02 00:50:00

By Lindsay Beck XINCHANG, China -- Mrs Song never had much interest in politics but when factory pollution began poisoning well water and killing crops, the young mother got angry. After an industrial park housing several chemical plants went up on the outskirts of her town in China's wealthy, coastal province of Zhejiang the water became undrinkable. Then crops began producing vegetables that were unfit to eat. Residents say rates of cancer sky-rocketed and Song says her 5-year-old son is...

2006-01-24 01:33:30

By Lindsay Beck BEIJING (Reuters) - Dozens of Chinese chemical plants pose safety hazards, China's environment chief said on Tuesday, just months after an explosion at one such plant poisoned a river that was a source of drinking water for millions. Zhou Shengxian said the government has surveyed plants across the country after the blast last November poured benzene compounds into the Songhua River. The government found more than half were located along its two major river basins,...

2006-01-07 20:03:54

By Emma Graham-Harrison BEIJING (Reuters) - China's environmental woes spilled visibly over its borders as a toxic slick flowed into Russia in December, but exports of pollution are becoming as common as sales of cheap T-shirts for the economic powerhouse. The country's leaders are only starting to grapple with the political fall-out at home after years of pursuing economic expansion at almost any price. Dirty or scarce water, choking air and toxic factory effluent are some of the...

2006-01-03 23:51:52

BEIJING (Reuters) - The first lawsuit seeking compensation for pollution of China's second longest river has been successful, a state newspaper said on Wednesday, as Beijing faces a growing water crisis. Almost three-quarters of the Yellow River, the cradle of early Chinese civilization, was so polluted it was not safe for drinking or swimming, state media said last year. Three companies in the northern region of Inner Mongolia agreed to pay a total of 2.3 million yuan ($285,100) for...

2005-12-10 05:55:00

BEIJING -- Pollution from a toxic slick in a northeastern Chinese river has declined sharply in density as authorities worked to ensure a safe water supply to a city of more than three million, state media said on Saturday. Environment officials said the slick, now flowing through Heilingjiang province's second largest city of Jiamusi, would be further diluted when the Songhua River met with the Heilongjiang on its way toward the Russian border, Xinhua news agency reported. State...

2005-12-07 02:46:55

By Ben Blanchard and Vivi Lin BEIJING (Reuters) - A vice mayor in charge of evacuating a Chinese city after a chemical plant exploded has been found dead at home, a city official said on Wednesday, as a toxic river flow resulting from the accident continued to spread. Wang Wei, vice mayor in the northeastern city of Jilin, had been in charge of dealing with the aftermath of the November 13 blast, state media reports said at the time. Wang was quoted as saying that the accident would...

2005-12-06 22:40:15

BEIJING (Reuters) - China will come down hard on those responsible for a blast at a chemical plant in northeastern China which poisoned water supplies for millions of people and raised alarm bells in Russia, state media said on Wednesday. Last month's explosion resulted in the flow of 100 tonnes of cancer-causing benzene compounds into the Songhua river which provides drinking water for the city of Harbin with a population of 9 million people. "Anyone ... found guilty of dereliction...

2005-12-02 09:05:33

By Brian Rhoads BEIJING (Reuters) - China's environment chief resigned on Friday following a two-week crisis over a toxic spill that polluted a northeast China river, forced the shutdown of tapwater supplies to millions of Chinese and raised alarm bells in Russia. Xie Zhenhua, chief of the State Environmental Protection Agency since 1993, resigned and was replaced by the former forestry director Zhou Shengxian, Xinhua news agency said, citing a statement by the country's cabinet....

2005-12-01 22:04:19

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has criticised environment officials in its northeastern province of Jilin for their failure to report on a toxic spill and said the delay hampered efforts to control pollution, the China Daily reported on Friday. An explosion at a Jilin chemical plant on November 13 poured 100 tonnes of cancer-causing benzene compounds into the Songhua River, but the State Environmental Protection Administration said from November 14 to 17 it received no reports from...