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Shanghai Finds 900 Dead Pigs Dumped in Water Source, Xinhua Says

March 10 (Bloomberg) -- Shanghai found more than 900 dead pigs in the main river that provides drinking water for the city’s residents, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.

The carcasses were found and retrieved at Songjiang in the upper reaches of the Huangpu River, which runs through the city’s financial center, the news agency reported, citing the municipal government. Water quality hasn’t been affected so far, the government said in a statement on its website today.

The dumping is the latest environmental scare in China, which has grappled with lead poisoning from battery makers, fluoride leaks from solar panel plants and acid spills from mines. In January, a cadmium spill in a tributary of the Pearl River triggered panic buying of bottled water, while a 2010 waste leak into a river in southern Fujian province poisoned almost 2,000 tons of fish.

Shanghai’s agriculture commission is investigating the source of the dead pigs and is taking precautions to prevent the contamination of the water supply, according to a statement on its website.

To contact Bloomberg News staff for this story: Liza Lin in Shanghai at llin15@bloomberg.net; Penny Peng in Beijing at ppeng18@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Stanley James at sjames8@bloomberg.net

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