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Company fined 2.2m yuan for dumping poison

A ZHEJIANG Province company has been fined 2.2 million yuan (US$322,425) after 150 tons of its untreated poisonous waste was found dumped in two Anhui Province sites.

Apeloa Tospo Pharmaceutical Co Ltd paid 1.6 million yuan compensation to Lixin County Environmental Protection Bureau and 600,000 yuan to Woyang County Environmental Protection Bureau, both in Anhui's Bozhou City, today's Youth Times reported.

Police have detained three villagers for helping with the dumping.

Environmental authorities have taken action to stop the pollution and no casualties have been reported, the report said.

Despite that, the area had a strong pungent smell, according to Wang Huijuan, director of Woyang's environment bureau, who feared subsequent air pollution.

The Zhejiang company was shocked to learn its discharge was dumped in Anhui, saying it hired a qualified company to dispose of it. Police investigation indicated the subcontractor's shareholder Xing Binghua had secretly asked villagers in the Anhui counties to dump the waste.

Xing is still at large.


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