Global Processing

Crews work to neutralize chemical spill in Liujiang River

January 30, 2012

LIUZHOU, China — Crews in southern China are working to neutralize a chemical spill in the Liujiang River, which is affecting the drinking water of 3.7 million people living in the city of Liuzhou, euronews.net reported.

Cadmium, a cancer-causing toxin that is especially dangerous for young children, was detected in the river at twice the legal limit.

The toxic chemical was released into the river from a local factory, the article stated.

Workers are pouring neutralizing aluminum chloride powder into the water, which binds the cadmium into larger clumps and makes it easier to dredge up from the river.

Authorities are also diluting the polluted water using 500 million cubic meters of clean water from the Honghua Hydropower station, according to the story.