Residents and environmental groups had concerns over safety and pollution at the factory in Yancheng, Jiangsu before the explosion. Photo: Sidney Leng

China sends task force to probe blast at chemical plant where green group says ‘problems were known’

  • Senior cabinet official Wang Yong will direct the rescue and emergency response efforts in Yancheng
  • Thirteen safety issues were found at the factory during an inspection last year
Topic |   China chemical plant explosion

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Residents and environmental groups had concerns over safety and pollution at the factory in Yancheng, Jiangsu before the explosion. Photo: Sidney Leng
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Echo Xie

Echo Xie

Echo is a Beijing-based Chinese politics and policy reporter. Before joining the SCMP, she worked for Jiemian news and the CSMonitor Beijing Bureau. She has a master's in journalism from Shantou University.