China charges 9 people for dumping toxic waste
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BEIJING — Chinese authorities have charged nine people from a waste treatment facility with the dumping tens of thousands of tons of toxic waste into a section of the Yangtze River near Shanghai.
The charges were filed Friday in the city of Changshu, the official Xinhua news agency reported. The nine are accused of sending garbage from Haiyan County, near Shanghai, to "unqualified" individuals who then dumped the waste in the river or buried it, Xinhua said. The dumping occurred between August and December of last year.
Pollution has become a major issue for China's growing middle class, frustrated with years of grey skies and polluted rivers, and the government is anxious to show it is addressing the problem.
Authorities stopped the dumping operation after spotting two boats dumping waste upstream from two drinking water sources, near the mouth of the Yangtze River close to Shanghai.