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Dredging firm investigated over ‘largest dumping case’

A local dredging company is under investigation over what authorities say is the largest case of illegal dump­ing in Shanghai this year.

The company, whose name was not released, allegedly ditched about 1,000 square meters of dredged mud in an area not designated for dump­ing in an effort to lower its costs.

A vessel licensed to dump dredged mud, owned by the company, was found to have done that in a body of water near the estuary of the Yangtze River, an enforcement team of the China Marine Surveillance agency said in a report.

The captain admitted that he did not pilot the vessel to the designated dumping area before unloading the dredged mud, said the enforcement team.

The team, which is still investigat­ing the case, has collected evidence, including the movements of the vessel. If found guilty, the company could be fined at least 80,000 yuan (US$12,000).

This year Shanghai has tightened the law against damages to the ma­rine ecological environment. It has raised the minimum fine for illegal dumping of waste that exceeds 500 square meters to 80,000 yuan, from 60,000 yuan for dumping waste be­tween 100 and 1,000 square meters into the sea.

The enforcement team has collect­ed fines totaling 477,500 yuan from nine cases of damages to the marine environment this year.


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