Shandong removes alarm on Yellow River pollution
Updated: 2006-01-15 11:16
East China's Shandong Province have lifted alarm on pollution in the Yellow
River, China's second longest, as the pollution slick has flown into the sea.
The Shandong provincial government also decided on Saturday to remove ban on
getting water from the Yellow River section in the province.
Tests by the provincial emergency response team showed that the 100-km-long
pollution slick caused by a diesel leakage had completely flown into the Bohai
Sea as of Friday. Thus the provincial government lifted alarm on the pollution
A diesel oil leakage took place on Jan. 5 at a power plant in Gongyi, central
China's Henan Province, discharging six tons of diesel oil into the Yellow
The pollution slick entered Shandong Province in the afternoon of Jan. 7.
Shandong provincial government closed all sluice gates along the river to
guarantee the safety of drinking water for local people. Government sources said
that closure of sluice gates did not have much influence on local people's life,
but did affect industrial production in some places.
Experts said that the pollution slick did not have great impact on the
ecological environment in the river or on fish and shrimps, which usually live
near the bottom of the water in Winter.
Sources with the Shandong provincial marine and fishery bureau said that the
pollution slick would not have great impact on the sea water near the estuary of
the Yellow River, as test results show that oil content in the pollution slick
is only a bit higher than the standard.