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Chinese Environmental Official Offered Reward To Swim In Polluted Ruian River

20 Feb

by Sara Gates / the Huffington Post

Trash clogs up a polluted canal at the edge of Beijing on March 16, 2012. China said that two-thirds of its cities currently fail to meet new air-quality standards introduced this week that are based on the pollutants most harmful to health. (MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

Trash clogs up a polluted canal at the edge of Beijing on March 16, 2012. China said that two-thirds of its cities currently fail to meet new air-quality standards introduced this week that are based on the pollutants most harmful to health. (MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

While China’s air pollution has reached hazardous levels in some major cities, chemical pollutants in the air are hardly the only problem. Entrepreneur Jin Zengmin, from the eastern coastal province of Zhejiang, has posted photos on Chinese microblogging service Sina Weibo to illustrate how rivers and other bodies of water in the country are also at risk of pollution.

One photo featured a trash-clogged river in the rural town of Ruian, Zhejiang. Along with this photo, Jin also posted a dare for the local environmental protection bureau chief to swim in the river and offered a 200,000-yuan reward (about $32,000). According to the South China Morning Post, bureau chief Bao Zhenming has refused to accept Jin’s dare, explaining that his department is “not responsible” for the pollution. Bao did say, however, that he alerted the water conservancy bureau of the contamination shown in the pictures. Continue reading

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