Posted: Sep 4, 2013 3:02 AM
Updated: Sep 4, 2013 3:02 AM
BEIJING (AP) Chinese state media say authorities have scooped up around 100,000 kilograms (220,000 pounds) of dead fish that were poisoned by ammonia discharged into a river by a chemical plant.
The Hubei province environmental protection department has pointed the finger at a local company. It says sampling of its drain outlet showed that ammonia density far exceeded the national standard. The company said it wasn't going to immediately comment.
Inadequate controls on industry and lax enforcement of existing standards have worsened China's pollution problem.
The latest incident has affected the nearby fishing village of Huanghualao, where 1,600 residents make a living from fishing.
The village's Communist Party secretary, Wang Sanqing, said the fish covered the river and "looked like snowflakes."