China Punishes Officials for Poison River Spill – Reuters
China has disciplined officials for a chemical leak that contaminated a river and cut off drinking water and pledged action against those responsible for two other environmental disasters, state media reported on Wednesday.
Hu Zhirong, Communist Party boss of Linxiang, in the central province of Hunan, received a disciplinary warning for initially protecting the polluting plants with special government documents and then being slack in investigating their problems after the spill, state radio reported.
Senior managers at the factories have already been detained. [Full Text]
Related article from China Daily: “Pollution increases in first half,” says “The State Environment Protection Administration (SEPA) announced the findings in a summary of its evaluation of the country’s overall environment, which the organization posted on its website. The summary covers activity in the first half and third quarter.”