- The Ministry of Environmental Protection in China is all set to launch an environmental safety inspection in industries that involve the use of chemicals and other dangerous substances.
- The inspection will be initially implemented in 16 localities and cover ports and petrochemical, chemical and nonferrous industries.
- The areas of concern which will be addressed by the inspectors include management and disposal of hazardous waste, compliance with environmental assessment and emergence of new environmental hazards.
- The measures come in the wake of blasts at a warehouse in the Tianjin Port which raised a death toll of more than 160. Large amounts of hazardous chemicals including 700 tonnes of sodium cyanide were found to be stored in the warehouse.
News Items Compiled by Devika Suresh