SEPA slaps CNY1m fine on Jilin Petchem

26 January 2007 07:30  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--China’s environment watchdog has slapped a yuan (CNY) 1m ($128,700) fine on Jilin Petrochemical for polluting the Songhua River in 2005, local media said on Friday.

The fine from State Environment Protection Administration’s (SEPA’s) was the maximum amount allowed by law on environmental offences, the media reports said.

Officials from Jilin Petrochemical, a subsidiary of Chinese energy major PetroChina, declined to comment.

The company spilled 100 tonnes of benzene, aniline and nitrobenzene into the Songhua River after its aniline plant exploded in November 2005.

The spill cut off water supplies to millions of people in China and Russia.

The incident led to the sacking of top officials in Jilin Petrochemical and the resignation of SEPA’s chief.

SEPA also launched a series of checks on petrochemical plants and projects along major waterways, ordering companies to improve on environment protection facilities and safety management.

The government has also made cleaning up Songhua River a priority in its 11th five year plan (2006-2010). It planned to spend CNY1.55bn to build water treatment plants in 11 cities and towns along the river to curb pollution.

($1=CNY7.77)


By: Florence Tan
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