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Xinhua: Out of Control Explosions û Investigation into Ruihai International Logistics

On August 19, 2015, Xinhua published an investigative article on Tianjin Dongjiang Port Ruihai International Logistics, which is where the huge chemical explosions occurred on August 12, 2015. According to Xinhua, the real owners of the company are the board chairperson Yu Xuewei, who is a former executive of Sinochem Tianjin Co., Ltd., and the associate board chairperson Dong Shexuan, who is son of the former director of the Public Security Bureau of Tianjin Port. The Ruihai Company obtained a hazardous chemicals business license and used personal connections to pass all evaluations including fire and environment safety evaluations.

According to Ruihai’s environmental report, Ruihai distributed 130 survey questionnaires to the residents in the neighborhood and 128 residents replied “yes” to the hazardous chemical warehouse. However, [it was later determined that] residents living nearby had never seen the questionnaires and nobody was aware that there was a hazardous chemical warehouse in the neighborhood. Yu Xuewei, the Ruihai board chairperson, said that he had not participated in the environmental survey. None of the other safety assessment reports on Ruihai have yet been disclosed to the public.

Source: Xinhua, August 19, 2015