Chinese authorities moving chemical plants after explosion review



    Chinese authorities moving chemical plants after explosion review

    Feb 15, Beijing:  Authorities in the Chinese city of Tianjin are moving 10 chemical plants found to be too close to residential areas, six months after a devastating chemical accident killed 173 people, media reports said.

    The Tianjin Binhai New Area suffered one of China's worst industrial accidents in August when a warehouse storing combustible chemicals exploded less than 1 kilometer (half a mile) away from apartments, the legally required distance.

    The head of the Binhai Work Safety Bureau's news office, who gave his name as Shi, told The Associated Press on Monday that the 10 plants were close to residential areas, though he didn't specify whether they were within 1 kilometer.

    A recent audit of 583 chemical companies in the area found problems at 85, two of which were being moved beginning last month at a cost of more than $4 billion, according to Chinese media reports.

    The Oslo Times

     
     

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