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Water polluting factory shut down

A CHEMICAL company was forced to shut down for having caused massive water pollution in Yancheng City, Jiangsu Province, a city government official said yesterday.

Secretary-general Xue Yu said the privately-owned Biaoxin Chemical Company was found to be illegally discharging wastewater.

Local police have "controlled" the company owners, according to Xue.

The pollution was discovered early on Friday when, about 6am, an abnormal smell was detected in water at the Chengxi and Yuehe water plants.

An initial investigation found the water was contaminated with a phenol compound, which made it undrinkable.

The stoppage affected most residents and industrial production in the city.

The plants had yet to restore tap water supplies as of early yesterday, according to Yancheng government sources.

The city, with a population of more than 1.5 million, has three water plants, and only one plant was not polluted.

It is not clear when the two plants will resume operation, as workers have to clean water pipes before they are used.


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