Two govt officials fired over China's Yancheng pollution

04 March 2009 10:17  [Source: ICIS news]

SHANGHAI (ICIS news)--China's municipal government of Yancheng has dismissed two of its officials on Wednesday for malpractice linked to the recent city-wide pollution incident that deprived residents of water supply for three days.

Water supply at Yancheng city in China's eastern Jiangsu province was disrupted on 20 February following the discovery that it was contaminated with toxic waste from nearby chemical factories.

Environmental Protection Bureau's Yandu district director Gui Yongyue and deputy director Zhou Jingxian were forced to vacate their governmental posts.

Five other government officials deemed responsible for the water pollution were either slapped with warnings or demoted as the Chinese authorities clamped down on slack supervision over public health and safety.

The head of Huijin Waterworks Group, Fei Tonglin, was given a stern warning. Huijin Waterworks is Yanchenng city’s key drinking water supplier.

The mayors of Longgang town, Zhou Xuelong and Shi Zhicai, have both been demoted together with Yandu district deputy mayor Wu Bingguang.

Xu Shoukai, head of the district’s environmental watchdog, was also demoted according to the statement from the Yancheng Government.

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