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China aniline plant leak contaminates river; local water supply cut off

8:14 AM MST | January 7, 2013 | Deepti Ramesh

China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP; Beijing) says that about 9 m.t. of aniline leaked from a plant owned by Tianji Coal Chemical Industry Group (Lucheng, Shanxi Province, China) and contaminated the Zhuozhang River. Additionally, another 30 m.t. of spilled aniline have been contained in a disused reservoir, MEP says. An initial investigation revealed that a loose drainage valve in the plant caused the leak, which was discovered on 31 December 2012. A detailed investigation into the incident is under way. The contamination has cut off water...

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