Recently, CCTV Finance’s “Half an Hour in Economy” column has continuously received reports from local people in Hongdong County, Shanxi Province. They reported that a listed company named Three-Dimensional Group in Hongdong County had consistently dumped industrial waste residue and caused large amounts of farmland to be contaminated. Wastewater from production is directly discharged into the Weihe River and poses a threat to the lives of the villagers along the route.
On February 26, 2018, the reporter came to Gouli Village, Zhaocheng Town, Hongdong County, Shanxi Province according to reports from the audience. When the reporter was still inquiring about the pollution of the three-dimensional group and the villagers, two villagers claimed to be in the village of Gouli. The cadres stopped the reporter’s journey and forced him to search the body. The scene was once deadlocked. According to the audience’s report clues, the pollution in Gouli Village was the most serious. The reporter just asked in the village and was stopped by the village officials. The reporter’s investigation was forced to stop.
Village cadres: If you don't say good, this village will not come out. I tell you.
Shanxi Three-dimensional Group is a state-owned large-scale chemical enterprise and a listed company. It was once rated as one of the 36 predominant enterprises in Shanxi Province. The company has total assets exceeding RMB 4.5 billion.
At the door of the 3D Group, the reporter found a strange phenomenon. Among the trucks that normally transported goods, there were some vehicles that were covered with dirt. The rear of these trucks was covered with a layer of cloth and they moved in and out. It is very frequent.
In order to clarify the situation, the reporter followed the empty car and entered the factory. At a distance of more than 200 meters from the gate, the reporter saw a truck lined up and waiting for loading under a huge device. What they loaded was a A dark gray industrial waste with a pungent taste.
For more than ten minutes, a truck was full, workers laid a cloth on the roof, and the truck whistled out. The reporter then drove up.
“Economy Half Hour” Reporter: Keep up with this white truck and enter the village in front, turning.
Where does this car industry waste come from? The reporter followed all the way. After passing through several villages, about two kilometers from the site of the 3D Group, the big truck suddenly slowed down and quickly entered a yard. The reporter immediately followed and went straight to the deepest part of the yard. The sight in front of us surprised us.
With the roar of the engine, the rear bucket of the truck was lifted. A white industrial waste was dumped into a huge pit. Gray and white industrial wastes rolled down to the bottom of the pit along the truck. From a distance, it looks like two different colors of "waterfall."
The reporter noticed that traces of artificial excavation could clearly be seen from the edge of this large pit, apparently this pit was dug out. This is a huge pit. There are two football fields with large areas. The height difference is about 30 meters. The industrial waste that has just been dumped here is more intense and pungent.
According to online public information, 3D Group is a company that produces hundreds of chemical products such as polyvinyl alcohol, adhesives, benzene and coke. The gray-black powder that is pouring is exactly fly ash, while the gray-white thing is carbide slag.
Calcium carbide slag and fly ash belong to the category of industrial solid waste. Not only will they drift with the wind, but they will also affect the air. Once rainwater is washed through, it can easily penetrate the ground and cause secondary pollution to groundwater and soil. At the same time, calcium carbide slag is a strong alkaline substance that has stimulatory and corrosive effects. Inhalation of dust may cause irritation to the respiratory tract and eyes of the human body. It may also cause pneumonia and even burns. The two types of industrial solid wastes need to be stored and managed strictly in a dedicated yard.
However, a survey by the reporter found that the bottom of the pit did not have a corresponding impermeable layer. Industrial waste is dumped in large pits and then “camouflaged” into a new slag yard. Industrial waste buried underground is an unknown “secret”.
At this moment, another truck loaded with carbide slag was opened to the pit. Like the big truck just shot, a full car of industrial waste was dumped in the pit at once and the truck went away.
On the other side of this pit, the distance of less than 100 meters is Xinzhuang Village, Zhaocheng Town, Hongdong County. For the endless dumping of industrial waste by the three-dimensional group, the surrounding people complained, but they dared not speak out.
Villagers in Xinzhuang Village, Zhaocheng Town, Hongdong County, Shanxi Province: The village also knows that it does not need to reflect which of the cadres in the village do not know.
The villager's home is less than 50 meters away from the deep pit where the 3D Group dumped industrial waste. The reporter stood at the very edge of the pit and looked down, feeling dizzy and full of 30 to 40 meters deep. The villagers said that the pollution caused them to suffer. The more terrible thing is that because the pit was dug in front of the house, it was life-threatening. The warning signs and enclosures in front of them were just installed because of something going wrong.
Villager of Xinzhuang Village, Zhaocheng Town, Hongdong County, Shanxi Province: My mother was buried in black and grey in August last year. I was working outside and I couldn’t find where I came from. I found it here the next day. A shoe, personally digging, exposed, according to this direction, digging more than a meter deep to dig out. Digging out is already gone, and it will not work on the spot.
The villagers told reporters that because of this huge pit, half a year old mother was buried in industrial waste, and finally it was only through mediation in the village that he was partially compensated.
The town of Xinzhuang, Zhaocheng Town, Hongdong County, has a per capita land area of less than 1 mu, and the farmland is scattered on the high slopes of the loess straddling the gully. It is nowadays a time when the wheat grows. However, the reporter saw only a few centimeters high shoots just broke ground. However, it was covered with a dark black powder.
The roads in Xinzhuang Village are covered with yellow industrial waste.
"Half an hour in the economy" Reporter: Why did the yellow things come out on the ground?
Villager of Xinzhuang Village, Zhaocheng Town, Hongdong County, Shanxi Province: This is the alkali coal in the coal, the sulfur, which can be burned by itself, and it naturally burns at a time.
Reporter: Why is there such a thing?
Villager of Xinzhuang Village, Zhaocheng Town, Hongdong County, Shanxi Province: He just washed the coal slag. The coal didn't fall, and everything fell along the way. This was all the first decades.
The giant crater dumping industrial waste was dug at the door of the house. As the only farmland was destroyed, their homes were contaminated, their living environment was destroyed and their lives were threatened. Why did the villagers agree?
During the conversation, two large trucks whistled past and headed to the giant pit to continue dumping industrial waste into the pit. The reporter calculated the time. From 9:46 a.m., there will be a large truck arriving every 15 minutes to half an hour. In only half a day, the 3D Group dumped 8 cars into the giant pit of Xinzhuang Village. Industrial waste.
Three-dimensional Group Wastewater Stealing Shanxi "Mother River" Sewage Odor Crops Harvest
In the country's efforts to increase environmental protection efforts and build green mountains, today a listed company has been so unscrupulous in the mining of deep pits in the fields, dumping dumping of industrial waste, and the number of violations is very alarming. As the investigation deepened, the reporter also found that the pollution of the 3D group in Shanxi Hongdong County was far more than dumping industrial waste.
In Xigou Village, Zhaocheng Township, Hongdong County, villagers told reporters that they were contaminated almost to the point where they could not breathe, and the natural environment was severely damaged. In order to let everyone see the pollution caused by the 3D Group to Xigou Village more clearly, the reporter used aerial photography to capture a series of pictures in the air. On the picture, one of the gullies from east to west had no original color and was replaced by it. It is the gray waste of mountains and plains.
Residents of Xigou Village, Zhaocheng Town, Hongdong County, Shanxi Province: This was the one that had been piled up in the previous five or six years. The Ministry of Environmental Protection had taken control of it and they covered it. He is not here now. He is at the edge of the hill.
According to villagers' recollections, although the land here is not considered fertile, most of the crops are still growing well. However, many of the original crops that can be planted and lived now cannot survive. In addition to industrial waste dumping, the untreated and uncontrolled discharge of industrial wastewater from the 3D Group is even more alarming.
Under the guidance of a villager, the reporter found through several turns that the hidden sewage outlet on the banks of the Weihe River. As soon as we arrived here, we saw that thick white industrial waste water flowed out of the pipeline without interruption and was accompanied by a pungent odor. The sewage changed its color from time to time. The white pungent, black is a stench.
Villagers in Guli Village, Zhaocheng Town, Hongdong County, Shanxi Province: It is not necessarily. There are black and white colors, and there are white and black ones.
The Weihe River is the second largest tributary of the Yellow River and the longest river in Shanxi Province. The basin has an area of nearly 40,000 square kilometers, accounting for one fourth of the total area of Shanxi Province. It has raised more than 40% of the people of Shanxi and Shanxi, and it is Shanxi. One hundred names are actually the mother river. However, the immediate reality tells all people that a large amount of industrial wastewater from the 3D Group is directly discharged into the Weihe River.
Villager in Guli Village, Zhaocheng Town, Hongdong County, Shanxi Province: The drainage was discharged from the factory and it was a three-dimensional nylon factory.
The sewage outlet is buried underground. Why did the villagers affirm that the sewage is a three-dimensional group? It was only a few years ago that the sewage pipes buried underground by the company were damaged due to the ages and the industrial wastewater was directly spilled into the farmland of the villagers. As a result, the crops in the ground died and the farmland could no longer be cultivated. The villagers took photos of sewage flowing in the farmland at the time and told us that after the incident, the 3D Group also organized personnel to repair the pipeline.
Villager in Guli Village, Zhaocheng Town, Hongdong County, Shanxi Province: After the erosion of the pipe, it walked from the water below and could not be seen. After the land collapsed, it became known that the pipe was broken. There is no way to plant land. People eat it harmful to the human body. Wheat died when it met.
Unannounced visits by CCTV reporters to the detained village cadres was actually a "watchmaker"
Indiscriminately draining people and injuring the people, why is a listed company bold enough to dump industrial waste in villages and discharge the stench and pungent industrial wastewater into the Weihe River? When reporters asked these questions, several people who claimed to be village leaders in Guli Village stopped reporters.
Director of Zhaoligou Village, Zhaocheng Town, Hongdong County, Shanxi Province: This is the deputy director of the village and the director of the government and insurance. I am the director.
The deputy director of Zhaoligou Village, Hongdong County, Shanxi Province: Did you do it?
Director of Zhaoligou Village, Zhaocheng Town, Hongdong County, Shanxi Province: This place has beautiful scenery.
Village chief of Wang Village, Zhaocheng Town, Hongdong County, Shanxi Province: Have you taken a picture yet? Did you take that pipe head? You said that the water was discharged to the Weihe River.
Chief Village Officer of Gengli Village, Zhaocheng Town, Hongdong County, Shanxi Province: Where did you smell the river? Where did you smell? Have you heard of this river in Zhaocheng, Shanxi, smelling in Beijing?
Director of Zhaochenggou Village, Hongdong County, Shanxi Province: We know you have come and some people called and said that two people from the Beijing Ministry of Environmental Protection came.
The village officials in Guli Village mistakenly thought that the reporter was a staff member of the Ministry of Environmental Protection, but it did not converge. When the reporter mentioned that there was pollution at the edge of the Weihe River, two village cadres wanted to detain the reporter as hostages.
The chief of the village government of Zhaocheng Town, Hongdong County, Shanxi Province: We detained your hostages and refused to leave.
"Half an hour in the economy" Reporter: The law does not stipulate that our citizens should obey who they are and obey law enforcement personnel. If we want to send a police station, let him know how to check us.
The village chief of the village of Zhaocheng Town, Hongdong County, Shanxi Province: What would we want to do to protect the director of the village?
Reporter: Does the Director of Security have enforcement power?
The village chief of the village of Zhaocheng Town, Hongdong County, Shanxi Province: No, you have come to our village.
Under the stalemate, the reporters stated their identities and intentions and presented them with interview certificates. However, the two people who claimed to be village officials simply ignored them.
Chief Village Officer of Gengli Village, Zhaocheng Town, Hongdong County, Shanxi Province: Immediately contact with 3D to let the leaders of 3D come down and wait for you.
Reporter: We will be in contact with 3D.
The deputy director of Gengli Village, Zhaocheng Town, Hongdong County, Shanxi Province: You don't need to contact us to come to our village.
In the face of stalemate between the banks of the Weihe River and the village officials in the village, the reporter only had to call for help. Under the escort of the police, the reporter finally was able to leave. Enterprises polluted the sewage, the farmland was destroyed, and the people suffered. However, why did the village cadres face such a splendid encounter with reporters?
At the time of the survey, many villagers in Zhaocheng County, Hongdong County, told reporters that the reason why the 3D Group dared to destroy the croplands and dumped the industrial wastes directly in the village was because the village officials and the 3D Group negotiated privately and contracted these industries. Scraps dumped in the village to seek benefits, while the opposing villagers were warned, while eating hard sticks, the villagers could only swallow.
Residents of Xigou Village, Zhaocheng Town, Hongdong County, Shanxi Province: Do not agree that you cannot do anything. You can't provoke him. When people in the village cadres hit you, if I say not let the car fall, he will hit you.
Reporter: Did you play before?
Residents of Xigou Village, Zhaocheng Town, Hongdong County, Shanxi Province: There are many people who fight.
When the reporter was about to leave, some villagers hurried to catch up. They must leave the reporter’s contact information. He told reporters because he had accepted interviews with reporters and chatted with reporters. He was worried about the evil forces in the village and the factory afterwards. Will revenge him.
Residents of Xigou Village, Zhaocheng Town, Hongdong County, Shanxi Province: If you have a revenge, I will contact you.
Deputy Director of the Environmental Protection Bureau: Live!
A listed company is unable to pollute the environment with unscrupulous and unscrupulous behavior. The local village cadres act as the thugs for polluting enterprises and the villagers and reporters have said a few words and they all fear that they will be retaliated against.
In fact, as early as 2014, the China Youth Network reported the fact that "Shanxi three-dimensional pollution in the past 40 years, the Environmental Protection Agency confirmed the company's stealing";
In 2016, the Daily Economic News also exposed the news that “Three-dimensional Environmental Protection in Shanxi Province has been investigated and dealt with annually.”
In 2017, an investigation by the China Legal Report Network found that three-dimensional illegal dumping of industrial waste in Shanxi polluted farmland.
In 2017, the Ministry of Environmental Protection sent 8 inspection teams to supervise 13 cities. The 3D Group was one of the targets of the inspection. Under the pressure of such intensive exposure and environmental supervision, the pollution of Shanxi Three-dimensional Group has not only ceased, but has become increasingly rampant. What kind of attitude does the local environmental protection agency adopt for such illegal enterprises?
On March 19th, the reporter went to the Environmental Protection Bureau of Hongdong County, Shanxi Province to dump the industrial waste residue from the 3D Group and directly discharge the untreated industrial waste water to the Weihe River.
Hongdong County Environmental Protection Bureau staff: We usually have 7 to 9 days of workdays. Like you, I registered. Then I reported to our leader. He called the person in charge and checked. Some are fast, others are slow.
When a reporter asked whether Xinzhuang Village had a storage site for industrial solid waste, the staff member was always vague and unclear. In order to ascertain the facts, the reporter then went to the office of the deputy director of Hongdong County Environmental Protection Bureau.
Wang Xinsen, deputy director of the Hongtong County Environmental Protection Bureau in Shanxi Province: 12369 accepted the report. Do you know?
Economic Half-hour Reporter: We also want to know about other situations.
Wang Xinsen, deputy director of Hongtong County Environmental Protection Bureau, Shanxi Province: You also want to understand other situations. You want to know what else is going on.
"Half an hour in the economy" Reporter: There is a pit in the west of the village of Xinzhuang Village.
Wang Xinsen, deputy director of Hongtong County Environmental Protection Bureau in Shanxi Province: What is it?
"Economy Half Hour" Reporter: White carbide slag.
Wang Xinsen, deputy director of the Hongdong County Environmental Protection Bureau in Shanxi Province: OK, I know, you reflect those things.
In the face of reporters’ reports, the deputy director of the Hongdong County Environmental Protection Bureau was very impatient. When he heard the words of the 3D Group dumping the white carbide slag, he directly stated the interests of the village committee and the 3D group. relationship.
Wang Xinsen, deputy director of the Hongdong County Environmental Protection Bureau in Shanxi Province, said: “The agreements signed in the village with people's factories will make people go to the piles of them. To find your village chief, you will have to find someone else. When you take the family's money in your village, you let it go where you are, and who are you looking for? Can the EPA manage the village? Who gave you money in your village? It is the Husband of the people in your village who has caused a lot of trouble and caused them to solve it with the people in the village. You are the fault of the cadres in your village. Tell you about it.
The deputy director of the Hongdong County Environmental Protection Bureau stated that he was very clear about the dumping of industrial waste into the village by the 3D Group. His logic was that because the village committee members took money and got an agreement, the Hongdong County Environmental Protection Bureau Should not intervene.
Wang Xinsen: The people in your village took money from others and said that you didn't need to control it. We packed it for you and how much money you gave me.
Reporter: According to the current environmental protection law, you are the environmental protection department.
Wang Xinsen: We are not public security. We have no right to investigate. Do you know?
Reporter: But it involves environmental issues.
Wang Xinsen: To catch the company, the company said that I did not fall, we can only manage the company, we can not control the people.
Reporter: Regardless of how the former village chief would agree with the factory, but there is no environmental protection law.
Wang Xinsen: With the environmental protection law.
Reporter: It does affect the environment.
Wang Xinsen: The county governors can't control it. You know, it's the black heart money problem inside you, who's out of this money. Catch arrests, who took the money and arrested people.
The deputy director of the Hongdong County Environmental Protection Bureau has always stressed that their responsibilities only focus on corporate pollution. However, when reporters reported to him in person and wanted to investigate the dumping of industrial waste by the 3D Group and discharge of sewage to the Weihe River, the deputy director of the Hongdong County Environmental Protection Bureau became very emotional.
Wang Xinsen: You caught the evidence. Who caught, did you catch the company?
Reporter: That is what you are currently doing.
Wang Xinsen: Contamination is not a business person. We have no alternatives to the people.
Reporter: But it is related to the environment.
Wang Xinsen: Pollution is in your village. People in the village do not care.
Half-hour observation: Hit "black and evil" to see the blue sky
Listed companies are unable to discharge sewage, village officials take care of the money to see nursing homes, the Environmental Protection Agency ignores corporate pollution, local villagers report, verbally warn, but suffer from skin and meat, and reporters have spoken, have to worry about retaliation. After many exposures by the media, special environmental protection supervision has become increasingly serious. The scene in Hongdong County has reached an absurd stage.
In January 2017, the Seventh Plenary Session of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection emphasized that we must increase the rectification of the “village tyrants” and must not allow them to ramp up in the countryside, oppress the people, and erode the grassroots regime. On February 5 this year, the General Office of the CPC Central Committee and the General Office of the State Council provoked the "Three-year Action Plan for the Improvement of Rural Human Settlements and Environment", clearly stressing that improving the living environment in rural areas is related to the building of a well-to-do society in an all-round way, and it is related to the fundamental well-being of farmers. It is related to the civilization and harmony of rural society.
Without investigating polluting enterprises, destroying umbrellas, disposing of unqualified cadres, and harmonious new countryside, it will be impossible to achieve this in the village of Gouli. We hope that the local government can implement the Central Government's policies, implement the laws of the country, perform its duties, and give the Party and the people a satisfactory answer.
(responsibility editor: DF078)