Chemical pollution in Shanxi province under control

08 January 2013 07:54  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China’s Shanxi government announced on Tuesday that the chemical pollution in Zhuozhang River in Changzhi city of Shanxi province is under control after the local water resource ministry intervened, according to a statement from the government website.

The water quality has improved after a week of intervention by the water resource ministry. However, water supply is yet to resume. Residents in the region are relying on bottled water for their needs, according to the local media report.

Nearly nine tonnes of aniline leaked from Tianji Coal Chemical Industry Group’s aniline unit in Changzhi city on 31 December 2012 into Zhuozhang River. The water supply in Shanxi and neighboring provinces or cities has since been cut off, according to Xinhua News Agency.

Aniline is widely used in the manufacturing of methyl di-p-phenylene isocyanate (MDI) and it can be toxic to humans.

By: Dolly Wu
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