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Two who dumped pollutants sent to jail

Two men whose dumping of industrial waste water into a bog caused serious environmental pollution have been sentenced to 10 months to 18 months in jail, Jiading District People's Court said yesterday.

The pollution resulted in an economic loss of more than 700,000 yuan (US$102,450).

The duo, who lacked licenses, claimed to be professionals to obtain a local factory's waste-water treatment business, just for several thousand yuan in profits, judges said.

A local native surnamed Cao heard in June 2009 that a perfumery would outsource its treatment of industrial wastewater. He offered fake certificates to win the factory's trust and got the business at the low price of 200 yuan per ton of wastewater treated.

Having no idea of how to treat the waste, Cao handed the business over to a tanker driver surnamed Chen, who also had no waste treatment license, the court said.

Chen drove a tanker to a remote field and dumped 10 tons of waste water into a mud pond without treating it.

The strong smell of the water soon caught the attention of the environmental managing department and nearby residents.

A week later, when Chen dumped another tanker of waste water, he was caught on the spot.

Judges said the poisonous and dangerous liquids polluted surrounding fields and caused some 200 residents to evacuate.

In addition to the jail terms, Cao was fined 150,000 yuan and Chen was fined 100,000 yuan.


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