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Big fine for polluting concrete firm

A concrete company on Changxing Island is to be fined 900,000 yuan (US$132,400) for illegally discharging waste water and polluting the ecological environment.

A recent inspection by Chongming District’s environment enforcement team found that Shanghai Changjiu Concrete Products Company, located near the Panyuan Highway on Changxing Island, had been discharging “strongly alkaline sewage” into the surrounding land and ditches.

The waste water would eventually enter the rain water collection system on the island, according to the inspection team, which added the waste water was produced when the company cleaned its workshop and cement mixers.

PH tests showed that the water was corrosive and would harm the surrounding water and soil environment.

“The company has a sewage treatment facility, and the pollution should not happen if the facilities are under proper operation,” said Wang Chunlong, vice-captain of Chongming District environment enforcement team. An inspection by the team last Friday found that the company’s waste water treatment tanks had not been used and some were even lined with moss.

The company was ordered to suspend operations and hold renovations.

However, an inspection on Wednesday showed that the company continued polluting.

The company was due to be fined 120,000 yuan for illegal sewage discharge and 60,000 yuan for failing to claim for an acceptance certificate for its environmental protection facilities from the authority, officials said.

Since the company did obey orders after the June 9 inspection, the fine would be calculated on a daily base as punishment — with the total fine reaching 900,000 yuan, five times the original 180,000 yuan fine since the second inspection was held five days after the first.

Further fines would be issued if the polluting continued.

According to Shanghai water authority, the nearby Qingcaosha Reservoir, Shanghai’s largest water source, was not affected by the pollutants.


 

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