Sewage leakage kills slew of fish

11:14, July 13, 2010      

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Dead fish lie on the bank of the Tingjiang River in Shanghang county, Fujian province, the result of sewage leaking into the river since July 3 from the local Zijinshan Copper Mine. (Source: China Daily/Jiang Kehong)

At least 1,890 tons of fish were poisoned in a recent sewage leakage from a copper mine in East China's Fujian province.

On Monday, the Fujian environmental authorities confirmed that a sewage leakage from the Zijinshan Copper Mine had caused serious pollution in the Tingjiang River, one of the largest waterways in Fujian.

The provincial government sent a work group to further investigate the contaminated area.

The Shanghang county government and the Zijinshan Copper Mine had reached an agreement for the company to buy the fish at 12 yuan a kg and to buy tiddlers at 24 yuan a kg in the affected area.

The company was also putting lime into the river to neutralize the acid in the water. So far, no personal injuries have been reported as a result of the water pollution.

The leakage occurred on July 3 when an employee of the Zijinshan Copper Mine discovered the water level had dropped in the sewage lagoon. It has since been established that an "impermeable membrane" used to line the pool had become damaged over time.

The sewage that leaked contained "copper iron but no extremely toxic substances", according to the Zijin Mining Group, the country's largest mining company, which owns the copper mine.

The Hong Kong-listed Zijin Mining Group (ZMG), announced on Monday that it would suspend its stock as of 9:30 on Monday morning.

Source:China Daily
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