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Men prosecuted for dumping acid in river

TWO men have been arrested for dumping 60 tons of industrial waste acid into a river in Yexie Town, Songjiang District, prosecutors said yesterday.

An environment monitoring and assessment report, conducted by the Shanghai Solid Waste Management Center and the Shanghai Academy of Environmental Sciences, found a stretch of about 2,000 meters of the Hongxiangang River had been seriously polluted.

The report estimated it would cost about 1.78 million yuan (US$273,846) to clean up the river.

District prosecutors charged the two men, surnamed Jiang and Dong, with polluting the environment.

Jiang, 55, told prosecutors he began to transport and treat industrial waste produced by six chemical companies in 2009. The companies paid him 50 yuan to 55 yuan per ton of waste. He hired Dong, 27, to drive a tanker truck to transport the waste.

At first, Dong said they sold the waste acid to an electronics factory, which recycled it. But in February, Jiang, in a bid to earn more money, instructed Dong to dump the waste into a sewer on Yexing Road. The sewer drains into the river, according to Dong's confession.

In February, a Yexie resident surnamed Gao found the water in the once clear river had turned a rusty red color. Gao called the environmental protection department.

Police caught Jiang and Dong on March 27 as they were dumping more waste.

They claimed they didn't realize this would pollute the environment. Prosecutors countered the men knew they were doing something wrong because they always dumped the waste at night.


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