China smelter exec suspended over toxic spill

Dec 23, 2005 | 08:16 AM | Vivian Teo

The plant director at the Shaoguan zinc smelter, which is at the center of a major environmental accident in southern China, has been suspended, state media said Friday.

Zhang Weijian was removed from his post late Thursday because of the toxic spill of cadmium-laced wastewater from the plant into the Beijiang River, an executive of the smelter's owner told the Xinhua news agency.

Indium prices have already started to rise after the Shaoguan zinc smelter in Guangdong province and other regional lead, zinc and indium smelters were ordered to shut down for safety checks. The Shaoguan area produces about one-third of China's indium, while the Shaoguan plant is one of the country's largest zinc producers.....

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