China’s Daxi River Becomes ‘River of Milk’
We all have heard of oil spills polluting numerous bodies of water. This one’s quite different, however.
The Quxi River in Zhejiang’s Wenzhou city has turned into a “river of milk.” Zhejiang Online news reported that this was caused by a spill of natural latex.
Xiao Wu, a local resident, said, “Only yesterday, I was doing my laundry in the river, and yet this morning it’s turned completely white, as though somebody poured milk into it.”
“A layer of a white oily substance was floating on the surface of the river, and it seemed as if it had been mixed with milk,” Dabo Zhou, another local, commented. He added that while he walked farther, “the water began to turn green and smelly.”
Environmental Protection Office head Dongpeng Dai said that the Daxulin Trading Company is the one to blame for this incident.
Mr. Zhang, the person in charge of the Daxulin Trading Company, said that around “one or two hundred kilograms” of latex was also spilled in the sewers. He thought that the leak was no big deal because it did not attract a lot of attention.