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Sinopec in sewage dump controversy

By Bai Tiantian (Global Times)

08:46, September 27, 2012

A subsidiary of the nation's oil refinery giant Sinopec has been found to have been discharging industrial sewage through flood channels into a nearby river in Guangdong Province, State broadcaster CCTV reported.

The China Petroleum & Chemical Zhanjiang Dongxing Company has been circumventing environmental inspections by pumping unprocessed sewage through flood tunnels into the Nanliu River without treating it, according to the report aired Wednesday.

The plant was also caught replacing sewage samples with tap water to cheat an online supervision system, in an effort to fudge the results of the real-time pollution control network monitored by the local government, the CCTV report said.

The highly polluted sewage may have found its way into the South China Sea, according to CCTV.

The CCTV report, however, neither identified the date when the alleged malpractice began nor clarified the damage caused by the discharges.

Footage showed the Nanliu River being tainted by the pollution, with the surface of some parts of the river covered with tar.

Lü Dapeng, a Sinopec spokesperson, leapt to the company's defense, telling the Global Times that "our preliminary investigation shows that the issue is merely a problem of design."

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