China to screen chemical hazards

Beijing, Oct 19 (IANS) China is set to launch an environment safety inspection over industries involving chemicals and other dangerous substances, the media reported on Monday

Vice Minister Pan Yue on Sunday said the inspection from late October to early November will cover ports and industries such as petrochemical, chemical, and nonferrous metal industries in 16 provincial localities, the Global Times reported.

Inspectors will look into whether chemical industry parks and ports have undergone environment assessment and whether any new environmental hazards have emerged.

The management and disposal of dangerous waste will also be examined.

The move comes after two blasts on August 12 ripped through a warehouse in Tianjin port, where large amounts of toxic chemicals were stored, including around 700 tonnes of sodium cyanide.

The blasts killed 160 people.

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