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Arsenic discharging trio get jails

TWO officials and a worker of a chemical company in east China's Shandong Province have been jailed after discharging waste water containing the poisonous arsenic into a nearby river and resulting in the arsenic level in the river high above the state standards.

Yu Hao, chief of Yixin Chemical Co Ltd was jailed 15 years with a fine of 500,000 yuan while Xu Changxian, the factory's director, got six years and Yu Zongyou, a Yixin worker, received five years, today's Procuratoral Daily reported.

The three were ordered to jointly compensate 37.14 million yuan to the state for the economic losses the pollution had caused.

The court was told Yu Hao started producing arsanilic acid - a compound sometimes used in treating dysentery in swine - at his factory from April 2009 though he hadn't got a license from the Agricultural Ministry.

On the night of July 20 and July 23 when the local rivers swollen after a rain hit, to save the waste treatment cost, Hao asked Xu and Yu Zongyou to discharge the waste water directly to the local Nanshu River.

The waste, containing arsenic 27,254 times of the state standards, severe polluted the river and caused an economic loss of 31.74 million yuan.

Yu Hao was also charged of illegal business operation as the court was told he had made 1.9 million yuan from selling 68.65 tons of arsanilic acid since the production began in April.


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