2 jailed, fined for dumping 23,000 tonnes of waste on island in China’s Lake Tai

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PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 01 November, 2017, 4:26pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 01 November, 2017, 4:26pm

Two employees of a construction company in eastern China have been sentenced to lengthy prison terms for dumping thousands of tonnes of waste on a small island in Lake Tai, one of the country’s largest freshwater lakes, state media reported.

Wang Juming and Lu Xiaodi were found guilty at Gusu District No 1 People’s Court in Suzhou, Jiangxi province, of causing severe environmental damage after dumping more than 23,000 tonnes of household and construction waste on the island in May and June last year, news website ChinaNews.com reported on Tuesday.

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Wang was sentenced to five years and six months in prison, and fined 300,000 yuan (US$45,000), while Lu was given five years’ jail and fined 250,000 yuan.

The pile of rubbish created by the pair – all of which had been transported to the lake from Shanghai – caused 8.2 million yuan’s worth of damage to local property, while the clean-up operation cost a further 225,000 yuan, the report said.

It did not provide details of the damage caused, but said the Lake Tai basin was an ecologically protected zone and that the waste had been dumped close to a water supply pipeline and a Buddhist temple.

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A third man, Sun Qiulin, was also tried and found guilty of tricking the construction company into thinking it had permission to dump the waste on the island.

He was sentenced to four years and six months in prison, and fined 40,000 yuan.