Tian­jin ex­plo­sion will not af­fect Tai­wan, says en­vi­ron­ment agency

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Of­fi­cials from the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion (EPA) said Satur­day that haz­ardous chem­i­cals re­leased from deadly ex­plo­sions at the port of Tian­jin in main­land China will not af­fect Tai­wan, as south­west­erly winds will take any pol­lu­tion away from the is­land.

Ru­mors on so­cial media had claimed that haz­ardous chem­i­cals might have reached Tai­wan two days af­ter the Aug. 12 ex­plo­sions and that peo­ple should avoid rain showers be­cause the rain could be highly con­tam­i­nated.

The of­fi­cials said that the EPA ap­plied the weather track­ing method of the U.S. Na­tional Oce- anic and At­mo­spheric Ad­min­is­tra­tion (NOAA) to study the spread of pol­lu­tants af­ter the Tian­jin ex­plo­sions and fig­ured that any pol­lu­tants would move in a north­east­erly di­rec­tion.

Since the ex­plo­sions oc­curred at chem­i­cal stor­age fa­cil­i­ties of Rui­hai Lo­gis­tics, a firm spe­cial­iz­ing in han­dling haz­ardous ma­te­ri­als, the re­port of a chem­i­cal plant’s stor­age of 700 tons of sodium cyanide there by some Chi­nese media have caused panic.

Asked by Chi­nese media about the ex­is­tence of sodium cyanide at the ex­plo­sion site, an of­fi­cial of the Tian­jin city gov­ern­ment replied that they were not clear about the sit­u­a­tion and could not be sure if sodium cyanide was there or not.

Ac­cord­ing to media re­ports, how­ever, fire­men who rushed to the scene to han­dle 700 tons of sodium cyanide re­ported by a chem­i­cal plant owner found a huge crater in the ground and scat­tered scraps of sodium cyanide con­tain­ers.

An of­fi­cial of Tian­jin’s en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion of­fice told the press that he was shocked by the re­port and said that ei­ther it was not true or the stor­age firm had vi­o­lated the law, be­cause the max­i­mum stor­age vol­ume for sodium cyanide is 10 tons, and the stor­age should be sealed in fa­cil­i­ties for haz­ardous ma­te­ri­als.


This im­age pro­vided by the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion (EPA) shows south­west­erly winds blow­ing to­ward main­land China. EPA of­fi­cials said yesterday that haz­ardous chem­i­cals re­leased from deadly ex­plo­sions at the port of Tian­jin on the main­land will not af­fect Tai­wan.

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