China schools ordered to remove toxic running tracks
23 June 2016, 16:32
Beijing – China's Education Ministry has ordered schools to remove
running tracks made from toxic materials that have been blamed for sickening
A ministry statement said nationwide inspections have been ordered
over the summer school break. One Beijing school has already begun tearing up
its track after students fell ill.
Construction of new tracks will be suspended while contractors are
vetted. Amid a heat wave, tracks made from recycled tires and other industrial
waste are believed to have caused dizziness, nosebleeds and respiratory
problems among students in Beijing and several outlying provinces.
The ministry's statement issued late on Wednesday also ordered
investigations to find officials seen as negligent or corrupt and vowed to
punish them severely "with no mercy given."
China has suffered recurrent consumer safety scandals linked to