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2006-09-05 21:08:12

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Thousands of villagers from China's northwestern province of Gansu have turned up at a hospital with lead poisoning which they say was caused by a local smelting plant, the South China Morning Post said on Wednesday. Quoting the Huashang Daily, the newspaper said more than 2,000 residents from three villages, including 300 children, had traveled to the hospital in Xian in the neighboring province of Shaanxi because local hospitals had insisted they were fine....

2006-08-31 00:45:00

BEIJING -- Chinese authorities have closed a factory and detained a manager and seven others following a chemical spill on a tributary to the Songhua River, which was poisoned by a huge benzene spill late last year. The Changbai Jingxi Chemical Company dumped about 10 cubic meters of chemicals into the Mangniu River in northeast China's Jilin province on August 21, the chief of China's State Environmental Protection Administration, Zhou Shengxian, said in a report in the China Environment...

2006-07-29 01:37:04

BEIJING (Reuters) - The death toll from an explosion at a chemical plant in eastern China has risen to 22 but more than 7,000 people evacuated after the blast have now gone home, Xinhua news agency said on Saturday. The blast, which occurred on Friday morning when a chemical reactor exploded during a test run, injured 28 others, including the chairman and general manager of the company, the report said. "Preliminary investigation showed improper operation by workers was mainly to...

2006-06-14 02:28:33

BEIJING (Reuters) - Flash floods have killed at least 25 people in remote towns in southwest China where 30 are missing, while the northeast is suffering sustained drought, state media said on Wednesday. Rainstorms hit the counties of Wangmo and Luodian in the mountainous province of Guizhou on Monday night, triggering torrents of water that had destroyed 1,295 houses, state television said. Transport and communication links to Wangmo were cut off on Wednesday, the Beijing News...

2006-06-13 22:17:33

BEIJING (Reuters) - Flash floods have killed at least 19 people in remote towns in southwest China where 31 are missing, while the northeast is suffering sustained drought, state media said on Wednesday. Rainstorms hit Wangmo county in the mountainous province of Guizhou on Monday night, triggering torrents of water that brought houses down, the Beijing News said. "The preliminary tally showed that 19 people were killed and 31 were missing," the newspaper said, adding that transport...

2006-05-10 17:52:40

BEIJING - The ruins of a 2,000-year-old walled city have been found in a reservoir on China's northeastern border with North Korea, China's official news agency reported Wednesday. The mud-covered ruins were exposed when the water level in the Yunfeng Reservoir was lowered for repairs, Xinhua News Agency said, citing government officials. The reservoir is on a tributary of the Yalu River, which forms the border of the two countries. The report said the ruins, near the present-day city of...

2006-03-11 20:32:15

By Tamora Vidaillet CHANGCHUN, China (Reuters) - Greying Li Xianglin has tended the rusting machines of his run-down car parts factory for 14 years. He is looking forward to the day he can put his feet up. Thanks to pension reforms being piloted in northeast China, Li says his retirement is more secure than ever, even though his state-owned firm no longer provides cradle-to-grave welfare and has shed half its workforce in the past year. "When I retire, I'll be comfortable," the...

2006-03-09 08:21:50

By Tamora Vidaillet CHANGCHUN, China (Reuters) - In deep midwinter, the rusting factories in Changchun's Tiebei district have a desolate look, a stark reminder of how far China's Northeast has fallen from its glory days as the country's industrial powerhouse. But the last of the 1950s plants will soon be gone, swept away by a bold plan by Beijing to revitalize the region with a mix of old-fashioned pump-priming and innovative tax and pension reforms that, if they work, could be...

2006-02-07 03:50:00

BEIJING -- China's top pollution watchdog will demand officials report toxic spills within an hour, the official People's Daily said on Tuesday, as it named and shamed 11 companies for pollution. An unnamed official from the State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA) 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...

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...