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3 arrested, 2 sought after chemical raid

By Wang Keju | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2018-10-15 21:08

Local police in Central China's Henan province arrested three suspects regarding the illegal production of an ozone-depleting chemical, with two still on the run. 

In August, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment and the local environmental protection department seized a secrete of illegally produced CFC-11, a chlorofluorocarbon often used as a refrigerant, in Mengzhou, Henan province. 

The site was hidden in a courtyard of a mechanical factory. The CFC-11 production facility was built without any approval. The ministry seized 29.9 tons of illegally produced CFC-11 and about 30 tons of carbon tetrachloride raw materials on the spot. 

The raw materials and products have been transferred to a different storage facility and will be disposed of by qualified personnel. The illegal facility was dismantled according to law. 

The Ministry of Ecology and Environment launched a nationwide campaign against illegal use and production of ozone-depleting substances in July.

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