採訪/陳漢 編輯/李謙 後製/李月
Dalian PX Chemical Project Never Stopped
August 2011 witnessed tens of thousands of Dalian citizens
protesting against a local p-xylene (PX) chemical project.
Local authorities of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)
promised to halt and relocate the project.
Recently, China”s media unveiled that
this PX project has actually never stopped.
The company prohibits its employees to leak the information.
The news exposure has greatly outraged local public,
as they felt they were fooled by CCP local authorities.
An executive of Dalian-based Fujia Group confirmed to media
that the company”s PX chemical project has never stopped.
Fujia staff also said that the Fujia Dahua PX has resumed
production for nearly one year.
Yet, it is a taboo subject within the company, and the staff
are banned from leaking the information to outsiders.
China”s Beijing News reported that at the operation site in
Fujia Dahua factory, dense smoke is seen.
It surges, filling the air with irritant acid odor.
The security gate guards carefully check ID of people
entering the premises.
Around the plant are dozens of lead chemical storage
At the back of the factory is a floodwall of several kilometers
In August 2011, a typhoon breached one of
the factory’s protective dykes.
The storm triggered a leak in its two chemical storage tanks,
the smell of irritant odor spreading to the nearby areas.
On Aug. 14th tens of thousands of Dalian protesters
took to the streets.
CCP local authorities mobilized armed police
to disperse on-site protesters.
Meanwhile, local CCP leaders promised to halt and move
the PX project out of city.
The latest unveiling of the truth about the PX project has
sparked public outrage.
A netizen said, “The Party”s chief openly promised to stop
and relocate the PX project.
This was a headline in the newspaper.
Now nothing they said counts as the truth!”
Another netizen replied, “Look at what the CCP promised
in the 1940s.You”ll find yourself tearless with grief.”
A Dalian citizen discloses why local authorities did not
repress the mass protests against the PX project in 2011.
It involving local CCP officials” infighting; some officials
were actually shoving behind the demonstration.
Dalian public: “Local people all strongly oppose this project.
But no one dares to stand up against it.
They dared not go on the streets without the official”s initiatives.
Why didn”t people go out again later on, while the project
was still under construction, waiting until today?
If no one makes a move, nobody dares to go and resist it."
The Beijing News quoted Jin Yong, president of Chemical
Science & Technology Research Institute, Tsinghua University.
Jin Yong alleged that PX toxicity is similar
to that of gasoline.
In the U.S. and Singapore, the PX factor sites
are all close to residential areas.
Jin”s assertion has turned him into a target of
public criticism on the internet.
Wikipedia shows that PX is a hazardous,
flammable and toxic chemical.
It can cause fetal malformation, liver and kidney damage,
chemical pneumonia, pulmonary edema and blood abnormalities.
High concentrations can lead to death triggered by
A chemistry teacher at Xiamen University says that ethically
any chemical plant should be located far away from residents.
“Any chemical plant making food or spices can produce
ill effects with high concentrations reached in its chemical products.
For a long time, there have occurred a variety of accidents
in such chemical plants.”
NTD reporter called up the Complaint Center of China”s
Ministry of Environment to inquire about regulations on chemical factory location.
Staff (Complaint Center, Ministry of Environment): “This
depends on the environmental impact assessment that
was made to get approval for the chemical project.
There”s no specific figure set as criteria,
it may be different for each factory.”
However, the general public in China has never been
informed of such environmental impact assessments.
They neither know how it was formulated,
nor have any chance to read it.
Continuous chemical plant leak incidents and cover-up
have incurred strong public resistance.
Aware of this, CCP local authorities started production quietly.
Critic Wang Haoxuan commented in his article.
He indicated the PX in itself is of low toxicity,
with its pollution controllable.
The existing problem is, lots of CCP-backed chemical plants
are not willing to invest in environmental protection.
Chemical plants have incessantly released poisonous gas
and polluted water into the public area.
Wang Haoxuan remarked that CCP dictatorship plays a role
which helps enlarge the PX toxicity issue.
Chinese public dare not trust the alleged PX project safety,
the same as their attitude towards the autocratic regime.