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Firm fined for chemical stink

A CHEMICAL company in Zhangjiang High-Tech Park has been fined 100,000 yuan (US$14,653) over the disposal of toxic chemicals that caused the evacuation of nearly 1,000 people earlier this month, Pudong officials said yesterday.

The chemical, ethanethiol, had been left behind after the Shanghai Lengmu Chemical Engineering Co Ltd moved out of premises on Cailun Road and a new company moved in.

At the request of the new company, Lengmu's legal representative paid two property management employees 110 yuan to get rid of it.

The two dumped the chemical, described in the Guinness Book Of World Records as the "smelliest substance" in existence, in several sites including a grassy area near the intersection of Libing and Aidisheng roads and several manholes in the park.

Altogether, 100 kilograms of the substance was disposed of and the subsequent stench caused the evacuation of hundreds of employees in the park, home to more than 400 biotechnology and pharmaceutical plants, on May 5.

The two employees disappeared after the incident and are being sought by police.

Pudong Environmental Protection and Public Sanitation Bureau is now working with officials at the park to improve a waste disposal regulation to prevent such cases happening again.


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