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Dumping of mud to Wusong nets fine

A company has been fined 100,000 yuan (US$14,640) for directly dumping mud into the Wusong River in Jiading District, the main upper stream of the Suzhou Creek, according to the city's water authorities.

The Shanghai Water Bureau said it will intensify the supervision of illegal dumping into the city's waters, now that the problem has come to the bureau's notice.

Li Jian, official of the bureau, said the mud under the Suzhou Creek last year was estimated to be about 1.3 million cubic meters and the number has reached 1.6 million this year.

That equals the volume of the Park Hotel on the Nanjing Road W., one of the city's historic landmarks.

Two weeks ago, one of the construction teams of the state-owned China Communications Construction Co's Third Harbor Engineering Co Ltd was reported dumping mud directly into the Wusong River through a kilometer-long pipe with a width of 20 centimeters. The mud later blocked a water gate nearby.

Li said the mud accumulated to a depth of 1.2 meters under the gate and 2.5 meters around the 50 meters of the gate, obstructing the gate from closing.

Meanwhile, the city is accelerating the construction of sludge treatment plants to improve the water cleaning.

The construction of the Bailonggang sludge treatment plant in the Pudong New Area, to be the biggest one in Asia, has come to the final phase.


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