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China: Provincial govt. wins lawsuit against chemical co. over environmental damage from industrial waste

"Jiangsu wins environmental lawsuit", 28 Aug 2018

The Jiangsu provincial government has won a lawsuit against a company that dumped more than 100 metric tons of waste lye into water bodies in the province...The province will be compensated almost 55 million yuan ($8 million).  The lawsuit was the first in China to be filed by a provincial government against a company for environmental damage.  When the verdict was announced, the defendant, Anhui Haide Co, was absent...The court said that Yang Feng, head of Haide's sales and marketing, transferred about 102 metric tons of waste lye in May 2014 to people who were unqualified to dispose of hazardous waste.  The lye was dumped into the Yangtze River and Xintongyang canal on several occasions, resulting in severe pollution and leading to the suspension of drinking water supplies for many hours in urban areas...The dumping occurred during the annual fishing moratorium and led to great losses to the fishing resources of the Yangtze as well as harm to the ecological functions of the river, the court said...The company argued that Yang handed the waste lye to others for disposal without the company's authorization, so the company should not bear the legal consequences.  That argument, however, was rejected by the court...