Aniline plant leak contaminates river in China

Aniline plant leak contaminates river in China

9:42 AM, 8th January 2013
Aniline plant leak contaminates river in China
Chemicals contaminate N China river.

LUCHENG, CHINA: Nearly 9 tonne of aniline leaked by a chemical plant in north China’s Shanxi Province have ended up in the Zhuozhang River, affecting a downstream city in neighbouring Hebei Province, local authorities said on 6 January 2013. An initial investigation revealed that a loose drainage valve in the plant, which is owned by the Tianji Coal Chemical Industry Group in the city of Lucheng, China was to blame for the leak. Another 30 tonne of spilled aniline have been contained in a nearby disused reservoir.

However, water supplies in most parts of downtown Handan have been resumed, as the local government has resorted to an alternate underground water source. Fire engines have also been mobilized to bring water to more of the city’s residents.

© Xinhua News 

 

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