5 ar­rested over tons of garbage dumped at scenic Taihu Lake

China Daily (USA) - - TOP NEWS -

Jiangsu provin­cial pros­e­cu­tors ap­proved the ar­rests of five sus­pects on Thurs­day in the dump­ing of a moun­tain of garbage on the banks of pic­turesque Taihu Lake in Suzhou.

In July, eight ships from Shang­hai, car­ry­ing a to­tal of 4,000 met­ric tons of garbage, were in­ter­cepted by po­lice in Suzhou. The ves­sels, cov­ered by tar­pau­lins, were loaded with con­struc­tion and house­hold waste that they were about to dump on the banks of the lake in the Suzhou Taihu Na­tional Tourism Vacation Zone, po­lice said.

More than 12,000 tons of garbage had been shipped from Shang­hai to a dump­ing site near the lake since mid- June. Po­lice said the plan was to dump more than 3 mil­lion tons of waste at a cost of 5.4 yuan (80 US cents) per ton over 18 months.

Two sus­pects sur­named Wang and Lu are of­fi­cials of the com­pany which trans­ferred and dumped the garbage. They stand ac­cused of en­vi­ron­men­tal pol­lu­tion in the case, ac­cord­ing to pros­e­cu­tors from Wuzhong district in Suzhou. A sus­pect sur­named Sun was ac­cused of fraud.

Sus­pects sur­named Han and Zhang, of­fi­cials of a re­hab cen­ter near the dump­ing site, were charged with ne­glect of duty by tak­ing bribes to al­low the dump­ing.

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