Later, a number of people familiar with the situation reported to voice of China that six villagers in Tangshan City, Hebei Province, died of carbon monoxide poisoning in a row in more than a month. In addition, dozens of people were sent to the hospital for rescue and treatment for the same reason.
According to a number of family members of the dead, the dead used the clean coal promoted by the local government to keep warm, and died of poisoning shortly after use. So, what is the cause of such a large-scale poisoning? Where does the clean coal promoted by the local government come from? Is it the quality of coal, or is some work not done well in the promotion process?
For environmental protection
Villagers use clean coal promoted by local government
In late October this year, Mr. Ye, who lives in Xishangzhuang village, Wali Town, Kaiping District, Tangshan City, Hebei Province, purchased several bags of clean coal and supporting boilers for winter heating at a price of 600 yuan per ton under the unified organization and arrangement of the village committee.
According to Mr. Ye, in the past years, the house was heated by burning some loose coal. However, starting from this winter, the local village committee informed the villagers that, for the sake of environmental protection, according to the deployment and requirements of the local superior government, the villagers were no longer allowed to use loose coal for heating, but uniformly used the clean coal promoted by the local government for heating.
Mr. Ye: the local government (staff) takes the police station (police) to check the bulk coal. If you have bulk coal, you are not allowed to burn it. Then you are forced to pull it away and change it into a coal ball (the clean coal promoted by the local government).
On the night of October 30, because of the cold weather, Mr. Ye used the clean coal promoted by the local government to heat the 13-year-old daughters room.
On the morning of October 31, when Mr. Ye opened his daughters room, he found her unconscious.
Mr. Ye: after the alarm goes off at 6 oclock, the child hasnt got up yet. Then her mother said that if you see how the child hasnt got up yet, Ill go to her house.. When she turned on the light at the back of her house, the child could not move on the Kang. Ill call her mother and call 120.
At 8 a.m., Mr. Yes daughter died after being rescued.
According to the medical certificate of death, the reporter found that the similar situation happened to Mr. Haos home in bengezhuang village, Liyuan Town, Kaiping District, Tangshan city.
On the evening of October 21, Mr. Haos elderly parents, afraid of the cold, began to burn coal for heating before other families, using the clean coal purchased by the local village committee.
On the morning of October 22, Haos father died of carbon monoxide poisoning. His mother is still in Tangshan workers hospital.
There are 6 villagers in many villages in Tangshan
Dozens of people died of carbon monoxide poisoning and were hospitalized
According to incomplete statistics, since winter, at present, six villagers in many villages in Tangshan City have died of carbon monoxide poisoning, and dozens of people have been hospitalized for treatment due to carbon monoxide poisoning.
In response to this matter, the reporter also came to Tangshan workers hospital to learn about the situation.
Reporter: are there many carbon monoxide coal poisoning in recent days?
Nurse: just for those two days, when the air pressure is low and it rains.
Reporter: whats the date, do you remember?
Nurse: from the evening of the 22nd to the 23rd, 11 were collected.
When talking with medical staff, the reporter learned that only on the evening of October 22, 11 people in Tangshan workers hospital were admitted to the hospital for treatment due to carbon monoxide poisoning. Medical staff said that in the winter of previous years, a small number of villagers will be hospitalized for carbon monoxide poisoning, but this years number is especially large.
When the reporter asked for detailed data and etiology, the hospitals responsible person refused to interview on the basis of the need to inform the leader, and as of the time of publication, there was no reply.
So where does the clean coal come from?
The reporter learned in the bengezhuang village committee where Mr. Hao is located that the clean coal promoted and used by the local government was provided by the manufacturer designated by the superior government department, and the corresponding quantity index of purchase and use was established for each village according to the population.
However, when reporter asked to check relevant paper documents, Jiang Cheng, a party branch of the bengezhuang village, said that they all conveyed spirit orally, with the no documents.
Reporter: is there any relevant document issued to promote the use of clean coal?
Village Branch: there are no documents in the city.
Reporter: it was an oral communication of such a document, wasnt it?
Village Branch letter: on the one hand, it is oral communication, on the other hand, Baocun cadres in the town come down to actively promote.
Reporters in Kaiping District, Tangshan City, many towns in the villagers home learned that different villages and towns distribution of clean coal manufacturers are not the same, the price also varies from 550 yuan per ton to 650 yuan per ton. The clean coal distributed by bengezhuang village where Mr. Hao is located is produced by Tangshan Borui briquette Co., Ltd., and there is no manufacturers logo on the package, etc. The clean coal distributed by Mr. Yes Wali town is distributed by Tangshan Baimashan type media Co., Ltd. the clean coal distributed by the company has the manufacturer and telephone number on the package.
To this matter, Tangshan Borui briquette Co., Ltd. staff said that carbon monoxide poisoning is caused by improper use of individuals, and has nothing to do with the enterprise.
Staff: this is the behavior of the local government. You go to our enterprise (useless), including our Tangshan Municipal government meeting to say that the carbon monoxide poisoning incident can only be determined as human misoperation.
When the reporter asked the enterprise to show relevant production and quality inspection materials, the staff said that they only cooperated with the local government and would not cooperate with the reporter in the investigation.
Staff: you can only find the local government when you go to the local area. If we dont cooperate, we will cooperate with the local government.
The reporter learned through inquiry that Tangshan Borui briquette Co., Ltd. was registered and established on September 21 this year, and Tangshan Baimashan type media Co., Ltd. had been simply cancelled in early November.
Clean coal has no safety tips at the beginning of purchase,
Didnt tell me the instructions
Compared with the bulk coal used by villagers in the past, is there any difference in the use of clean coal promoted and used in Tangshan? The family members of the victims and the family members of the poisoned inpatients interviewed by the reporter all said that at the beginning of the purchase, the relevant staff did not give safety tips or inform the use instructions, and they all used the clean coal distributed according to the past experience of using bulk coal.
It was not until someone died of carbon monoxide poisoning that some villages began to send carbon monoxide alarms and safety tips. However, a month after her son died of carbon monoxide poisoning in qibaihu village, baijiadian Township, Guye District, Tangshan City, Ms. Zhang was in, no corresponding safety tips and no protective measures were taken.
Ms. Zhang: when the brigade bought it, they didnt say how to use it or how to protect it.
Reporter: what happened to your child, and there was no alarm in the brigade?
Ms. Zhang: No.
On this matter, the reporter also contacted the relevant government departments of Tangshan City, as of the time of publication, there was no reply. So, what is the cause of this massive carbon monoxide poisoning? Is there a uniform standard for the quality of clean coal delivered by different manufacturers? How is the clean coal different from the past bulk coal in the process of promotion and use? Is the supporting work of local government to promote clean coal solid? Voice of China will continue to pay attention.
Source: editor in charge of voice of China, CCTV: Zhou Xinyi, Niu nb12002