Tuesday, 21. May 2013 - 13:05
22. 10. 12. - 12:00
Locals had a clear blue river for a day after an accident at a chemical plant meant 10 tonnes of blue die ended up in the water at Dangyang in east China’s Jiangsu province.
One resident Hu Chin, 36, said: "The river is usually a murky grey colour but it changed overnight to a healthy blue shine.
"It isn't that blue even when its a really sunny day with a clear blue sky, it was great to see but nobody was fishing in it - everyone suspected that some toxic chemicals were to blame."
The local environmental protection bureau immediately declared a state of emergency and took samples after also treating it as a chemical leak, and the cause was eventually traced back to a chemical plant upstream.
A day earlier managers at the farm had put a new treatment plant online, and decided to test it by putting through water contaminated with 10 tonnes of blue die.
But the plant proved a failure and did not purify the water before dumping it in the river, making the water bright blue.
The plant has now been closed and the management are facing prosecution over the error that left several miles of river water tainted with the blue die.
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