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5 held over toxic dump

At least five people have been detained for dumping large amounts of toxic chemical waste in east China's Anhui Province, causing water and soil pollution in two counties, investigators said yesterday.

A spokesman with the Bozhou Bureau of Environmental Protection said no deaths or illness had been reported in connection with the pollution.

A detained garbage dealer surnamed Yang, from Ruji Town of Xinli County, said he was contracted to dispose of waste by a local man surnamed Ren who told him it came from a pharmaceutical plant in Dongyang City in Zhejiang Province. He hired four local men to help.

"The waste contained in more than 1,000 barrels was dumped in roadside ditches and a pool. Some of the waste has spilled. Its toxic ingredients are ethylene dichloride, methanol, methane and nitrobenzol," the Bozhou environment official said.

The bureau had to organize 1,000 people to collect the 395 tonnes of waste which had polluted soil in Woyang and Lixin counties, he said.


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