FEBRUARY 15TH 2016
TIANJIN AUTHORITIES TO MOVE 10 CHEMICAL PLANTS AFTER BLAST
Six months ago, a warehouse storing chemical products was the epicentre of a major series of explosions killing 173 people at the heart of a residential area in the coastal city of Tianjin. Most reports blame China’s accelerated urbanisation, which does not seem to rely on a coherent plan. In fact, at the moment of the blast, local regulations established that the minimum distance between hazardous industries and residential apartments was only about 1 kilometre.
According to the head of Binhai Work Safety Bureau’s news office, there are 10 plants close to residential areas, all of which were told to cease operations and are soon to be relocated.
Tianjin Municipality audited a total of 583 chemical companies, 85 of which were declared unsafe. From this last group, 2 are being moved to a safe location in south Tianjin, at a cost of more than $4 billion.
75 other unsafe plants are distant from residential areas but will eventually be relocated to the Nangang Industrial Zone, 30 kilometres south. This new area will concentrate chemical companies, as part of a plan to ensure the safety of the residents.
Chinese authorities are about to punish five high-level officials over the blast that left 798 people injured. Consequences of the explosion left ?6.87 billion in damages.
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