The city of Huludao, Liaoning province, has once again become the focus of attention due to environmental pollution. According to Sina Finance, over 80 local villagers have written to report in their real names that environmental pollution caused by local chemical companies has threatened a village of 1.000 people. Vision Times reported that nearly 1.000 acres of land are barren, leaving villagers with tears, sore tongues, and more than 100 people suffering from cancer or dying. In fact, since April 2013, Chinese state media have reported on the “cancer village” issue in Huludao.
Accurate report of Huludao villagers: Environmental pollution causes “cancer village”
The number of people dying from lung, esophageal, and breast cancer in the same village has been increasing. Cancer places a heavy economic burden on sick farmers’ families, and most families fall into poverty. Huludao Cancer Village—Daochi Village is located in the lower reaches of the Wuli River and Lianshan River. The water quality has been below the standard for many years and is now at the worst level.
A few days ago, a letter written using the real names of more than 80 villagers in Tuanshanzi village, Hongluoxian town, Nanpiao district, Huludao city revealed that environmental pollution from local chemical companies threatened the village of 1.000 people. As a result, more than 100 people contracted cancer, with many deaths.
In addition to air pollution, villagers are concerned about soil and groundwater pollution. Some villagers said that half of more than 60 sheep they raised died one after another, suspected of eating contaminated grass. As for the fact that people reported that the land could not be planted with seedlings due to low survival rate and other problems, the person in charge of the investigation team said that “it is a matter left from history,” related to the fact that the land has been polluted for a long time, not because of present pollution from companies.
Some residents said they asked relevant agencies to test their running water, and the results showed that many indicators exceeded safety standards. Odors are mainly due to the presence of organic matter, most likely industrial pollution; At the same time, many coliform bacteria were also found.
For many years, some villagers in Tuanshanzi have used the water from a deep underground well as their primary drinking water. People reflected that, in recent years, the water pumped up from tens of meters underground has turned green; they must go miles away to collect drinkable water.
The foul smell in the air of Huludao seriously affects residents’ health
Since the beginning of 2022, Mr. Sun Jian, who lives in Longgang District, Huludao City, Liaoning Province, has regularly smelled “sweet almonds” in the air. Soon his lips became numb, and he developed rhinitis.
Mr. Li, a taxi driver, said that when the southwest wind blows into the area, there will be a pungent smell, “when it comes to the mouth, it feels spicy in the throat.” He lives about 1 km from the chemical plant and used to smell some strange odors from time to time. Still, this year he often smells odors, especially in May and June, “sometimes the situation is so serious that I wake up in the middle of the night, my throat will be uncomfortably itchy all day, and there was a sour smell in the house.” He believes that most of the odor comes from Beigang Industrial Park, an economic development zone in the Longgang district, home to about 100 factories.
On the Internet, many Huludao locals said that the air odor affects their bodies. Everyone pointed to many companies in Longgang District, Huludao Economic Development Zone, and high-tech industrial parks.
On July 5, local officials said they had set up a law enforcement force to carry out specific actions against businesses that were creating foul odors. Out of 21 key emissions-related enterprises inspected, four were suspected of illegal practices such as excessive discharge, and the cases were investigated.
Up to now, the foul smell in the air in Huludao city has not disappeared. Many respondents said they would continue to report the issue through various channels. Reporters in mainland China have also repeatedly tried to contact the local environmental protection department but have not received a clear response.
Mr. Sun Jian, a resident, complained to the local government and was told that the source of the air smell in Huludao was a fire at a hazardous waste warehouse owned by Huludao Xingming Environmental Protection Technology Co.
From a video that went viral on the Internet, some netizens concerned about the air’s smell in Huludao came together to the Beigang industrial park in the Huludao economic development zone. They discovered that on the beach not far from Beigang industrial area, there are sewage discharge gates of many enterprises, and wastewater flowing through many pipes gives off a strong odor.
Several interviewees confirmed that the video was filmed near the Beigang industrial park, leading people to believe that symptoms such as rhinitis and sore throat are related to the discharge of wastewater by enterprises in the industrial park.
The official media reported on the “cancer village” in Huludao, Liaoning Province in 2013
On April 18, 2013, the mainland media reported that according to Yu Jingbo, deputy director of the Huludao Environmental Protection Bureau, Daochi village is located in the lower reaches of Lianshan River, Wuli River, and Cishan River, as these three rivers, respectively receive wastewater from petroleum and chemical companies upstream, their groundwater quality has been polluted.
According to the Huludao City Environmental Quality Bulletin, the water quality of the lower reaches of Wuli River and Lianshan River flowing through Daochi Village has exceeded the water quality standards planned for the functional areas for many years at a poor V level (the worst level). Although the Cishan River’s pollution level decreases yearly, it still exceeds the planned water quality standard.