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Three arrested in Chinese CFC raid

CHINA: Police are reported to have arrested three suspects after raiding an illegal CFC production facility in Mengzhou City, Henan Province.

China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment and the local environmental protection department are said to have seized 29.9 tons of illegally produced CFC11 and about 30 tons of carbon tetrachloride, a raw material used in its production.

Three people have been arrested in connection with the illegal activity and two others are on the run.

In June of this year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration revealed that CFC11, supposedly eliminated along with other ozone-depleting CFC refrigerants under the Montreal Protocol, was showing up in increasing quantities  in the atmosphere.

Subsequent research by the Environmental Investigation Agency found that the illegal production and use of R11 was common practice in China for use in the polyurethane foam sector.

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