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Chemical accidents in China have killed nearly 200 this year, report finds

 Cars and buildings last year after an explosion at the site of what had been a warehouse storing thousands of tons of chemicals in Tianjin, a city in northeastern China. Credit Fred Dufour/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Cars and buildings last year after an explosion at the site of what had been a warehouse storing thousands of tons of chemicals in Tianjin, a city in northeastern China. Credit Fred Dufour/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

NEW YORK CITY, NY — “Nearly 200 people have died in accidents related to the production, storage and transportation of chemicals in China this year, according to a report by Greenpeace released on Wednesday.

The report suggested that regulation of China’s powerful chemical industry remained lax and inconsistent, a year after a deadly explosion in the port city of Tianjin prompted public outrage and calls for greater oversight.

‘China’s chemicals industry is the largest in the world, but it is appallingly underregulated,’ Cheng Qian, a Greenpeace activist who studies toxic chemicals, said in the report. ‘The government must take urgent action.’

The investigation by Greenpeace, which relied on government statistics, found that chemical accidents occurred with alarming frequency in China. From January to August, there were 232 accidents — an average of nearly one a day — killing 199 people and injuring 400 others, the report said. The group did not examine how those figures compared with previous years.”

— Javier C. Hernandez, The New York Times

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