By Yu Runze, Sina English
The aniline leak accident was reported to Ministry of Environmental Protection by Hebei Province rather Shanxi Province, and the accurate date of the leak was December 26, much earlier than the date claimed by Shanxi authorities, China Business News reported Tuesday.
"On January 5, we received a report saying a river in Hebei was contaminated. Our provincial environmental protection bureau reported the accident to the ministry in consideration of the urgency. Later, Shanxi was informed of the accident by the ministry,” Handan government official told the reporter.
However, the above has not been confirmed by Shanxi authorities so far.
According to previous report, Shanxi official declared that report on the local aniline leak accident, which has caused water supply interruption, had not been postponed on purpose.
In response to the public suspicion, Wang confirmed that the news center just “followed the procedure and had never withheld the news for five days as reported”.
"Usually we do not have to report the pollution to the provincial authority, as long as the pollutant does not spill over beyond the municipal boundary.” added Wang.
Shanxi government claimed that the leak was discovered on Dec. 31, 2012.