Nov 16, 2011 Health
Shandong, China, A city in eastern Shandong province of China known as the ‘city of long life’ because many elderly residents of long-lived. But the city has now turned the nickname into the ‘city of cancer’.
The city can nicknamed ‘cancer city’ since many deaths from cancer occurred over the last 3 years in more than 30 villages. The victims who died was believed to have fallen ill from cancer after inhaling toxic compounds from chemicals illegally dumped by the industry.
“The incidence of cancer is several times higher than normal and has happened in some villages in Laizhou. Laizhou is the county town in Shandong province, “said a doctor in Yantai, a coastal city in Laizhou as reported from ShanghaiDaily on Wednesday (11/16/2011).
Residents claimed to have closed the eyes and nose with a wet towel when you sleep so as not to smell the chemical. “The smell of this powerful chemical has been inhaled for 8 years,” said one resident in the village of Haicangyi.
The smell of chemicals are claimed to have been caused, among others:
1. Eye irritation
2. Nasal irritation
3. Throat irritation, which can make the residents of choking at night
“The smell of chemicals are quite toxic, because the contaminated gas phenol, which is derived from waste agricultural chemicals. The smell of these chemicals has led to respiratory cancer, cancer blood, and liver cancer, “said an expert on environmental protection in Yantai newspaper.
Keyuan Factory Shandong Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. and Laizhou Tengfei Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd., both located near the village of the accused has caused pollution. Both of these chemical plants are reported to have produced 2, 4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2, 4-D), but without a license or permit.
Compounds 2, 4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2, 4-D) is systemic herbicides or pesticides are commonly used to control leafy weeds. The most widely used herbicide in the world and become the third most common herbicides used in North America.
Herbicide is a synthetic auxin which is a plant hormone and is therefore often used in laboratories for the study of plants and as a supplement in plant cell culture media such as MS medium.
The Qu Jaingsheng and CEO of Shandong Keyuan has admitted it does produce pesticides but refused to take responsibility for the incidence of cancer that occurs in many villages.
“I have been in the chemical industry for over 30 years, but until now I am still very healthy. It is normal for a chemical factory illegally dumped the waste water and chemicals have caused the smell, just like the restaurant,” he said.
However, according to an employee of Shandong Keyuan unnamed, chemical plant that was never processed but direct chemical waste dumped in the nearby Gulf of Laizhou.
“The villagers said they had received 700 yuan (U.S. $ 110) for one year in compensation from the chemical plant, under the command of Tushan City government, “said the villagers.
( ir / ir )
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