The story appears on

Page A7

August 24, 2010

GET this page in PDF

Free for subscribers

View shopping cart

Related News

Home » Metro

Tanker dumping mud into Pudong wetland seized

A LOCAL urban management team on Sunday night caught an oil tanker illegally dumping construction mud into a wetland in the Pudong New Area.

Officials said yesterday that the mud was from the construction site of Metro Line 11 and was dumped by the company paid by the Metro project contractor to deal with construction waste.

The tanker driver, a 22-year-old man surnamed Du from Shandong Province, said it was the sixth day that he had driven the vehicle to dump mud into the wetland. The tanker contained 6 tons of mud each time.

Officials from the Pudong New Area Urban Management Team told Shanghai Daily they will discuss the penalty for the company and follow-up action on the wetland dumping this afternoon.

Zhou Limin, of the Pudong urban management team and leader of Sunday's campaign, said the team acted after receiving tips from residents, who called their hotline to report vehicles illegally dumping construction waste on the roadside or into rivers.

"Wetland pollution is a very serious matter. It is not the first time that people have dumped mud surreptitiously on the road, rivers or even wetlands. We must stop such activities as soon as possible," he said.

Zhou claimed that an increasing number of dumping companies, in order to save cost and labor, have been discharging mud and construction waste illegally regardless of the effect on the environment.

The builders of Metro Line 11 could not be reached for comment. Usually the dumping work is outsourced to licensed truck companies.

Line 11 will have an extension section in Pudong New Area, which can reach the bay portion of the Nanhui area. The line currently operates from the northwest Jiading District to downtown Jiangsu Road.

From May, Zhou's team has tackled more than 60 cases of illegal dumping.

To enhance supervision on illegal dumping, the city has launched measures like installing GPS on licensed dumping vehicles and offered training to drivers and dumping company leaders. Dumping companies which are fined three times for illegal dumping within 30 days will have their licenses suspended.

Residents who report illegal dumping can receive 1,000 yuan (US$147) as reward.


Copyright © 1999- Shanghai Daily. All rights reserved.Preferably viewed with Internet Explorer 8 or newer browsers.

沪公网安备 31010602000204号

Email this to your friend