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Soil treatment at Tianjin blast site

Soil treatment work has started at the site of last month’s warehouse explosions in Tianjin, after burned cars and containers were cleaned from the area.

SOUNDBITE: WU GUANGLIANG, Tianjin Environmental Protection Bureau
“We will monitor the soil within a diameter of five kilometers. If no pollution has been detected, there’s no need for remediation. Dangerous waste will be transported to the hazardous waste disposal center for treatment.”

Dangerous waste is being transported to the hazardous waste disposal center for treatment.

General solid waste, including construction debris, will be recycled after nonhazardous disposal.

Authorities have also worked out a plan for water treatment.

SOUNDBITE: WU GUANGLIANG, Tianjin Environmental Protection Bureau
“We have organized professional companies to transport the polluted water in blast holes to treatment centers outside the area. The water will only be drained off after nonhazardous disposal.”

Two blasts ripped through a warehouse on August 12 in Tianjin Port, where large amounts of toxic chemicals were stored, including around 700 tonnes of sodium cyanide.

The blasts killed 165 people, with eight still missing.

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