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water in Weifang, Shandong Province
which has been released through high-pressure wells, has caused ground water pollution.
The regulatory authorities have remained silent
despite people's complaints.
officials were said to have kept
the scandal from further exposure by working through
and detaining more than 40 locals and journalists.
is our report.
has covered the land,
the sky, and even penetrated the deep ground.
Recently, environmentalist Deng
Fei broke the news
via microblogging that chemical plants and paper mills
in Weifang, Shandong, have avoided regulation
by discharging fatal sewage through high-pressure wells to the underground.
This underground disposal method has been conducted
for years in many places.
This information was re-posted by many netizens.
condemned this collusion between government
and business as shameless, and believe it has turned many citizens into the victims of groundwater pollution.
However, the regulatory authorities have not made
a statement, not even the usual "it's under investigation."
Some netizens believed the government, the regulatory
and safety departments have kept their eyes closed
on pollution issues even though there have been
so many exposures by individuals and media.
Environmentalist and water expert Zhang Junfeng: "This
is a collusion between local officials and business in the name of economy.
continues to produce products and
taxes for the locals.
However, it's at the cost of people's lives and
generations to come."
On the evening of February 16
, Deng Fei released
a chilling message on his microblog.
The Weifang government took a two-step approach
to deal with the pollution news.
They sent people to Beijing to clear the underground sewage
scandal, and detained more than 40 locals and reporters.
Zhang Junfeng: "The local governments brutally
suppressed people's rights to supervise and impeach. No different opinions are permitted."
In fact, the direct discharge of sewage underground
is not news.
As early as May 2010
, the regime's mouthpiece,
Banyuetan magazine, warned the underground sewage threat and that it was quietly killing.
The magazine pointed out that the industries have been
releasing wastewater by digging seepage pits and seepage wells and using high-pressure pumps.
Some businesses in the south even discharged
sewage into the underground cave.
That report provoked momentary criticism
which was later erased.
sewage has not been effectively curbed,
but has triggered a series of vicious environmental pollution incidents and protests.
On this Chinese New Year's
Day, thousands of villagers
from Shuangyuan Village
protested against the local pollution of land,
water and air by Sanqing chemical plant.
Mr. Zhang, a resident of Yantai, Shandong
"The law enforcement agencies simply do not function
It is hard to stop the pollution.
It is the same everywhere in China.
These departments only care about money.
With some money, no trouble will be attached.
The pollution will continue.
There is no governing."
Human rights activist Huang Qi
of Chengdu, Sichuan
told Radio Free Asia
that farmers rely on the land and water.
The collusion between government officials and business
has left the pollution problems untouched and caused falsification of environmental research.
People are thus forced to rebel.
Groundwater occupies one third of the total water resources
In the International
, China Geological
revealed that 90% of China's
groundwater suffered pollution of various degrees.
60% of the polluted water is considered heavily polluted.
Xinhua News Agency
reported that of 118
cities that monitor
underground water, about 64% percent of urban groundwater
is heavily polluted, 33% of groundwater has mild contamination,
and only 3% of urban groundwater is considered clean.
- published: 18 Feb 2013
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