Jiangsu No. 1 Chemical Plant Directly Discharges Toxic Sewage into the Yangtze River Police: People have caught it

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 Jiangsu No. 1 Chemical Plant Directly Discharges Toxic Sewage into the Yangtze River Police: People have caught it


Recently, Red Star journalists received reports from Taizhou people in Jiangsu Province that since 2017, Taixing Santa Taike Synthetic Chemistry Co., Ltd. in Taizhou City, Jiangsu Province, has set up private covert pipes to discharge untreated wastewater into the lower reaches of the Yangtze River for many times, including dichloromethane, toluene, chlorobenzene and other highly toxic substances, seriously polluting the water quality of the lower reaches of the Yangtze River and the East China Sea.

Red Star News reporter learned that Jiangsu Santa Taike Synthetic Chemistry Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as Jiangsu Santa Taike) is located in the emerging industrial zone of Hongqiao Industrial Park, Taixing City, which belongs to Taizhou City. It was registered with Taixing Administration for Industry and Commerce in 2006 and mainly produces pharmaceutical intermediates. The factory is about 1 kilometer away from the Yangtze River in a straight line.

On January 9, Wu Xinsheng, head of environmental law enforcement brigade of Taixing Environmental Protection Bureau in Taizhou City, introduced to Red Star journalists that on the evening of December 28, 2018, after receiving reports from the public, the environmental protection department undertook a surprise inspection of Santa Taike in Jiangsu Province, and found that a hose in the sewage system of the plant was directly inserted into the rainwater well, suspected of directly discharging sewage into the Yangtze River. After sampling and monitoring the accumulated water in rainwater wells, the COD is 3300 mg/L, 32 times higher than the standard, and the ammonia nitrogen content is 0.97 times higher than the standard.

_Pictures of Jiangsu Santa Tycos Private Secret Pipe Shown by the Local Environmental Protection Department to Red Star News According to Red Star News

On January 4, Taixing Environmental Protection Bureau issued a Decision on Ordering the Correction of Illegal Acts, ordering Santa Taike, Jiangsu Province to immediately correct the illegal act of discharging excessive wastewater by private covert pipes. Red Star journalists have learned from many sources that the case has been handed over to the public security organs. Four senior executives of Santa Tyco, Jiangsu Province, have been summoned by the public security organs since January 2 and 3, and have not yet returned.

Relevant staff of Taizhou Public Security Bureau told Red Star News, People have been arrested, and the case is being further processed.

Nearby villagers cant tolerate pollution and most of them have been relocated.

Red Star journalists saw at the scene that the closest distance between the Santa Tyco factory building in Jiangsu Province and the nearby villages was less than 1 kilometer. Walking in the village near the factory, you can smell a faint irritating smell.

The information of renting houses is posted in front of many houses, and the village is sparsely populated. Niu Ruichao, a villager in Bawei village, told reporters, There is pollution, and villagers with good economic conditions have moved to the city to live. Now most of the houses in the village are rented to people who work in factories nearby.

Niu Ruichao said that Bawei Village is near the Yangtze River. Before, villagers directly used Yangtze River water for irrigation. Now the water wells and the groundwater are turbid and pungent, and the vegetables planted are even more afraid to eat. Niu Ruichao told reporters that the villages ponds had been contracted every year before. In recent years, after the fish fry was laid, the fish could not grow at all.

Several villagers believed that the destruction of water quality in the village was closely related to the nearby chemical enterprise, Santa Taike, Jiangsu.

_A vegetable plot of nearby villagers is only a few hundred meters away from the factory building of Santa Tyco, Jiangsu Province, according to Red Star News

For this reason, villagers have made many phone calls to complain, and have also reflected with the village committee the situation of water pollution, air pollution and noise pollution. According to a Taixing Public Security Information Express obtained by Red Star News, on December 25, a netizen posted a report on his micro-blog: Chemical factories along the river in Hongqiao Town often discharge sewage into the river in the middle of the night. Relevant staff of Taixing Environmental Protection Bureau told Red Star News that after years of industrial adjustment, at present, only one chemical plant in Hongqiao Industrial Park is left in Santa Taike, Jiangsu Province. The chemical plant mentioned by netizens should be Santa Taike, Jiangsu Province.

At the same time, the staff said that the relocation and resettlement of villagers in Hongqiao Industrial Park has been ongoing, and has not yet been completely completed. Some villagers still live in the village. In Taixing City, a citizen told Red Star News that in recent years, most of the residents of Hongqiao Industrial Park moved to the city, some relocated, some because of environmental pollution.

Red Star News reporter inquiries learned that from the past few years, Taixing Hongqiao Industrial Park has been carrying out housing demolition projects.

Deputy General Manager of Chemical Plant: Four executives were taken away

Red Star News reporter learned that Santa Taike, located in the emerging industrial zone of Hongqiao Industrial Park in Taixing City, was registered with Taixing Administration for Industry and Commerce in 2006 and mainly produces pharmaceutical intermediates. Yinxing, assistant manager of the company, told Red Star News that the factory is about one kilometer away from the Yangtze River in a straight line.

Red Star journalists inquired about information such as sewage from the Yangtze River reported by the masses. Xu Yong, deputy general manager of the company, said, Wastewater in the factory was discharged after passing the inspection by the self-treatment and environmental protection departments. In the past two years, after the sewage treatment plant network of Hongqiao Industrial Park was completed, it was pretreated by the factory in the early stage, and then it was treated by the sewage treatment plant in a unified way.

Xu Yong said that the unified treatment of sewage treatment plants began in 2018. Before that, the sewage system was directly discharged into the Yangtze River after qualified treatment and testing by factories.

Taixing Environmental Protection Bureau of Taizhou City published the Standards and Calculating Method of Sewage Collection Fee, which shows that the collection standard and calculation method of sewage discharge fee are: sewage discharge fee is levied according to the type and quantity of pollutants discharged by the discharger, and the levy standard of each pollution equivalent is 0.7 yuan. The number of pollutants charged for sewage discharge at each outlet shall be no more than three in the order of the number of pollutant equivalent. Among them, if the discharge standards of pollutants exceed those prescribed by the state or local authorities, the fees for sewage discharge shall be levied double according to the types and quantities of pollutants discharged and the charging standards prescribed in these Measures. For the calculation of pollution equivalent of pollutants discharged from cooling water and mine water, the background value of influent water should be deducted. The charge for sewage discharge fee is equal to 0.7 yuan * the sum of the pollution equivalent of the first three pollutants. For pollutants exceeding the national or local discharge standards, the charge for excessive discharge fee shall be doubled on the basis of the charge for such pollutants discharge fee.

Asked by Red Star News reporter about the sewage discharge fee data of Santa Tyco in Jiangsu Province, Xu Yong said, The amount of sewage has not been fully counted, nor has it been checked out.

Red Star journalists have learned from many sources that four senior executives of Santa Tyco in Jiangsu Province have been summoned by public security organs since January 2 and 3, and have not returned yet. In response, Xu Yong said: Its just to assist in the investigation. The public security organs came and took two in the afternoon of the 2nd and two in the afternoon of the 3rd, and have not returned yet.

Xu Yong introduced that the four managers who have not returned to China are the deputy general manager in charge of the Department of Safety, Environmental Protection and Occupational Hazards, the deputy manager in charge of the Department of Safety, Environmental Protection and Occupational Hazards, the assistant manager of the Department of Safety and Environmental Protection and the person in charge of sewage discharge management. In addition to taking away four managers, the public security organs also collected the company information of Santa Tyco, Jiangsu Province.

The case of Santa Taike sewage discharge in Jiangsu Province was investigated by the Taizhou Public Security Bureau at the higher level affiliated to Taixing City. Therefore, the case involving water pollution of Huahui Water Supply Co., Ltd. in Jingjiang City (also Taizhou City) adjacent to Taixing City was handed over to the Jingjiang Public Security Bureau for investigation.

According to the evidence collection notice provided by Xu Yong by Jingjiang Public Security Bureau, due to the investigation of the water source pollution case of Jingjiang Huahui Water Supply Co., Ltd., relevant information of Jiangsu Santa Taike should be collected, including: 1. hazardous waste transfer list from 2013 to now; 2. production record from July 2018 to now (not transferred); 3. company incinerator use record; 4. company discharge sewage to sewage disposal site; Relevant records of the management plant (not collected); 5. Attendance forms for employees of the company.

Regarding the environmental protection situation of Santa Tyco in Jiangsu Province in recent years, Xu Yong said: Local environmental protection departments often come to inspect, but also found out that the situation is not in place, some were asked to rectify, and later also in accordance with the requirements of the rectification, there is no sewage to the Yangtze River situation. Xu Yong also said that four executives were taken away. We understand that they are personal, not corporate. If we find problems, we will deal with them according to the law. At present, we have carried out self-examination of sewage discharge, and the specific results have not yet come out.

Environmental Protection Departments: Private covert pipe sewage discharge, COD exceeded the standard 32 times

Relevant information obtained by Red Star News shows that in 2015, Santa Tyco in Jiangsu was fined 200,000 yuan for failing to accept water pollution facilities; in 2016, it was ordered to stop production and rectify for discharging excessive wastewater by private pipes, and fined 100,000 yuan.

Wu Xinsheng, head of environmental law enforcement brigade of Taixing Environmental Protection Bureau in Taizhou City, was surprised by the denial of sewage discharge by Santa Taike in Jiangsu Province. He said, This enterprise has been the focus of environmental protection monitoring enterprises. Since 2015, we have inspected the enterprise 32 times, far more than the number of times stipulated by the state.

_Taixing Environmental Protection Bureau has inspected Santa Taike in Jiangsu over the years. From January 2015 to December 2018, 32 times were inspected according to Red Star News.

Wu Xinsheng presented a notice of administrative penalty (hearing) of Taizhou Environmental Protection Bureau to Red Star journalists. The material shows that on December 28, 2018, Taixing Environmental Protection Bureau law enforcement officers inspected Santa Tyco, Jiangsu Province. On the spot, they found that the companys initial rainwater collection pool and sewage collection pool were connected by pipeline, with three-way device in the middle of the pipeline, three-way connection with hose, and the other end connected to the rainwater well. No water was discharged during on-site inspection. On-site water collection in the rainwater well was sampled and monitored by COD of 3300 M. G/L, 32 times higher than the standard, 29.6 mg/L of ammonia nitrogen, 0.97 times higher than the standard.

_The Notice of Administrative Penalty (Hearing) of Taizhou Environmental Protection Bureau issued by Taixing Environmental Protection Bureau to Santa Taike, Jiangsu Province???? According to Red Star News

On January 4, Taixing Environmental Protection Bureau issued a Decision on Ordering the Correction of Illegal Acts, ordering Jiangsu Santa Taike to immediately correct the illegal act of discharging excessive wastewater by private covert pipes.

Wu Xinsheng told Red Star News that no sewage was being discharged during on-site inspection, but there was no water in the hose. If it werent for the experienced law enforcement officers who uncovered the covers and monitored rainwater samples, a big fish might have slipped out of sight. Wu Xinsheng said, With this monitoring result, he said no sewage, that is impossible.

_Pictures of Jiangsu Santa Tycos Private Secret Pipe Shown by the Local Environmental Protection Department to Red Star News According to Red Star News

_Pictures sampled at the scene of Santa Tyco, Jiangsu Province, presented by the local environmental protection department to Red Star News, based on Red Star News

For the situation of excessive discharge of pollutants, four responsible persons of Jiangsu Santa Tai Kean Environmental Society were questioned by environmental law enforcement officers respectively. Among them, 102 workshop technicians said: Sewage generated in the workshop production process is collected into the workshop wastewater storage tank first, then discharged into the wastewater collection pond on the west side of the workshop through pipeline, then transported to the wastewater storage tank next to the incinerator, and finally sent to the incinerator for incineration and disposal; the workshop tank area rainwater collection pond specially collects the initial rainwater in the tank area, and then discharges it through the pipeline. To the companys sewage treatment station, do not enter the workshop wastewater collection pool. Later rainwater is discharged to the sewer pit beside the sewage pool through the hose installed on the tee device.

When the law enforcement officers asked whether to test the later rainwater before discharging the later rainwater directly to the sewer pit beside the sewage collection pool, the technician said, No testing, totally based on experience. It is not clear how to collect and dispose the rainwater after it is discharged to the sewer pit.

Subsequently, Taixing Environmental Protection Bureau of Taizhou immediately reported the situation to Taizhou Environmental Protection Bureau, and submitted a notice of administrative penalty (hearing) of Taizhou Environmental Protection Bureau, which punished 700,000 yuan, for approval by Taixing Environmental Protection Bureau.

Wu Xinsheng said: After reporting, we received a notification from Taixing Environmental Protection Bureau that the case has been handed over to the public security. According to the principle that criminal punishment precedes administrative punishment, the notice has been postponed. On December 30 last year, when we were questioning a person in charge, we received a notice from the public security organ asking him to cooperate with the investigation.

For this case, the relevant staff of Taizhou Public Security Bureau introduced to the Red Star News reporter, People have been arrested, the case is being further processed. The police were temporarily unable to disclose more information.

Source: Red Star News Responsible Editor: Qiao Jing_N6607