Pollution from Coca-Cola Plant Kills Fish in Japan
AKASHI, Hyogo -- Up to 500 fish were found dead in a river after some
10,000 liters of caustic soda leaked from a local factory, police
The caustic soda, which is used to sterilize plastic beverage bottles,
leaked from the Kinki Coca Cola Products factory in Akashi into the
Officials at the factory found a 30-centimeter-long crack in the tank
on the roof of the factory building after an emergency siren rang
on Sunday evening. They subsequently learned that caustic soda leaked
from the tank into the river through rain pipes.
The company poured 1,550 tons of pure water into the river in an attempt
to dilute the leaked caustic soda.
Officials from the factory informed the Akashi Municipal Government
about the leakage on Monday.
A local resident found hundreds of dead fish, including eels and carp,
over a 2-kilometer section of the river on Monday.
The Akashi Municipal Government warned the company to tighten safety
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