There was already an article linked from China Daily by Chris, but this one gives more details: english.caing.com/[...]
The gunge in question is hexavalent chromium, which "is easily absorbed by the body, causing vomiting, abdominal pain, dermatitis and eczema. Short-term and long-term contact or inhalation poses a cancer risk".
"Unemployed farmers Wu and Liu occasionally heard a friend, who drove a loader for Luliang Chemical, say that there was a lot of slag at the factory that needed to be transported out, that the factory paid for the transport, and the slag could then be sold. Wu thought the business could be lucrative, so he took over the business from his friend.
According to Liu's account to public security officials, the two discovered that Luliang Chemical's 100 yuan per ton freight fee was insufficient to cover costs. The two decided simply to dump the slag and pocket the 100 yuan per ton."
Great! A couple of illiterate farmers can just pick up toxic waste and dump it!
The best (scariest) bit is at the end: "We use the Nanpan [river, a major tributary of the Pearl river] to irrigate our crops here. We don't eat them ourselves. We sell them all to people in the city and officials to eat." said a villager named Yuan Chaoqi."
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Best Sunday brunch experience in Kunming! A great selection of just the right type of food which goes down very well the morning after a heavy night. Jeroen is making dishes that not only taste great but are also very easy on the eyes. Add to that David's awesome Bloody Marys and the lovely rooftop terrace and you can't go wrong. True, things can be a bit hectic in the kitchen if it's busy, but be patient and you'll be well rewarded.
Nice quiet conversation place with plushy sofas, big windows and good selection of coffees and milk teas, if a bit pricey. Food is also good.
One of the nicest places to enjoy a meal in Kunming, both inside and out, that is, if the meal were actually enjoyable. The food is sort of haute Yunnan cuisine with strange combinations and few simple, normal dishes. Quality is OK but not really worth the price. Better just have tea, wine or a beer and eat elsewhere.
Recently returned here after a lengthy absence and was pleasantly surprised that standards have been maintained. I fully agree with the last review. And the cheapest red wine at RMB 118 is actually very good and a better deal than per glass. You can take it away if you don't finish.