Wed, July 14, 2010
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Acidic mining leak plagues river

2010-07-14 15:09:39 GMT2010-07-14 23:09:39 (Beijing Time)  China Daily

Workers dispose of acidic copper wastewater at a sewage pit in Zijinshan bio-hydrometallurgical copper plant of Zijin Mining Group, Shanghang county, East China's Fujian province, July 13, 2010. [Photo/CFP]

A worker disposes of acidic copper wastewater at a sewage pit in Zijinshan bio-hydrometallurgical copper plant, Shanghang county, East China's Fujian province, July 13, 2010. [Photo/CFP]

Vast quantities of fish have been affected due to the mining leak from Zijinshan bio-hydrometallurgical copper plant, Shanghang county, East China's Fujian province, July 13, 2010. [Photo/CFP]

The leak of 9,100 cbm of acidic water has plagued Tingjiang, a major river in eastern Fujian and is shedding light on the fragility of China's ecological system due to accelerated industrialization.

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