Large-scale chemical spill of Japanese steel giant: 2.7 kilometers of river water turns reddish-brown

Recently, according to, a large-scale chemical spill occurred in a river in the Japanese metropolitan area. Video On the 19th of this month, people in Chiba Prefecture found that a nearby river was strange. Nearly 2.7 kilometers of river water turned reddish-brown. A large number of fish died in the river, and some were washed to the shore. Local residents said that the phenomenon of the river turning red lasted for nearly 4 days, and it did not improve until yesterday. As of this morning, there were still staff salvaging dead fish by boat. According to the investigation of the local environment department, the source of this reddening incident was a factory less than 300 meters away from the river. It is reported that this factory is affiliated to Japan’s largest steel company Nippon Steel. Investigations show that in the process of producing steel, a chemical storage tank called desulfurization liquid in this factory was damaged, resulting in about 3,000 cubic meters. Rice’s desulfurization liquid leaked and flowed into the river. The so-called desulfurization liquid is mainly used to remove the sulfur produced in the coal combustion process, and its main component is ammonium thiocyanate, which is harmful to the human body. It is not yet clear how many hazardous substances were leaked, and relevant local government departments have entered the factory to investigate and issued a .
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