Submitted by globalmon on Wed, 08/15/2007 - 00:00
RTKH (Radio Television Hong Kong) / Greater China
Reports from the mainland say waste water dumped by factories into a river in southwest China has poisoned and killed about 40,000 kilograms of fish.State radio said 80 government officials went door to door in Chongan town, in Guizhou province, to warn villagers not to eat, sell or transport the fish. Reports said dead fish were found floating on a 5-kilometre stretch of the murky and foul-smelling river on August the 10th, adding it would take another four to five days to clear them away. Officials blamed the deaths on upstream factories dumping excessive levels of fluorine, phosphate and arsenium into the river.