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Boss hands himself in over pollution case

THE general manager of the local branch of a Taiwan-based technology company that counts Samsung and Apple among its clients has handed himself in to police for questioning about a major pollution incident.

The Taiwan manager, surnamed Lin, of the local branch of Waffer Technology Corp, is alleged to have hired a company which illegally poured 64 tons of dangerous emulsified liquids and machine oil into two pits that had been dug earlier, police said yesterday.

Lin is alleged to have hired local recycling company Sanying to process the waste materials of Zhongmei Technology Co last May, without checking if Sanying was qualified to handle dangerous materials.

The owner of Sanying, surnamed Liu, then instructed two of his staff, surnamed Zhang and Dong, to be responsible for the contract and Lin had two of his staff, surnamed Sun and Chen, monitor them.

When the four men were removing dangerous waste liquid from Zhongmei’s warehouse on July 20 last year, Sun and Chen are alleged to have ordered the Sanying workers to pour the 64 tons of emulsified liquids and machine oil into two pits that had recently been dug for temporary use.

As no measures had been taken to prevent seepage from these pits, the liquid was likely to pollute the soil and groundwater, police said.

Police held Sun, Zhang and Dong at the scene while they were pouring waste engine oil to the pits again on July 25.

Liu and Lin later handed themselves in to police.

Police filed a charge of polluting the environment against the four at the prosecutors’ office last October and the suspects will go on trial this year.

Officers said the clean-up operation for the incident cost 980,000 yuan (US$157,576).

Meanwhile, six people were recently arrested by police in Baoshan District in connection with polluting soil and waterways while they were illegally recycling waste mineral oil.

Since last June, city police have tackled 10 environmental pollution cases involving 47 suspects. Last July, the national supreme court and procuratorate increased punishments for cases of environmental pollution.


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