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Nov 26, 2018 05:16 PM
ENVIRONMENT

Fujian Chemical Spill Was 10 Times Larger Than Initially Reported

Rescuers clean contaminated water after tons of C9 aromatic hydrocarbon leaked at a port in Quanzhou in East China's Fujian province, Nov. 9, 2018. Photo: IC
Rescuers clean contaminated water after tons of C9 aromatic hydrocarbon leaked at a port in Quanzhou in East China's Fujian province, Nov. 9, 2018. Photo: IC

The amount of toxic C9 aromatic hydrocarbon leaked into the sea in East China’s Fujian province was 10 times higher than the amount originally reported, the Quanzhou municipal government said at a press conference Sunday.

The city government’s investigation found that an aging pipe at a Quangang district terminal broke when C9 aromatic hydrocarbon, a substance used as a solvent in paint and rubber products, was being transferred to a tanker just after midnight on Nov. 4, resulting in 69.1 metric tons of the chemical leaking into the sea. Fujian Donggang Petrochemical, the owner of the terminal, had originally reported that only 6.97 metric tons had been leaked.

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