The water quality recovers after benzene spill in central China

The water quality recovers after benzene spill in central China

10:45 AM, 17th August 2012
The water quality recovers after benzene spill in central China
About 200 kg of crude liquid benzene leaked from a chemical storage facility in the city of Zixing, with 60 kg leaking into the river.

CHANGSHA, CHINA: The water quality of a river in central China’s Hunan province has recovered from a benzene spill that occurred on 10 August 2012, with precautionary measures implemented to prevent further leaks. The source of the leak was promptly stopped and the water treated, with the river’s water quality testing ‘safe’ as of 12 August 2012, said a statement from the Zixing municipal publicity department.

About 200 kg of crude liquid benzene leaked from a chemical storage facility in the city of Zixing, with 60 kg leaking into the river. The storage facility belonged to Zixingkesheng Chemical Co Ltd, and it is only 30 metre from the Baoyuan river. The company’s operations had been suspended for two months prior to the spill.

Authorities have implemented precautionary measures, such as building land barriers and rain shields, relocating contaminated soil and sealing tainted rocks with cement, in the area around the storage facility, as heavy rains were expected to hit the area. The government of Zixing has also ordered city-wide industrial safety checks.

© Xinhua News

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