Tianjin Ruihai International Logistics

Chinese blasts raise questions about having a hazardous site near housing

Date of Release: 
Aug 14 2015

On Wednesday afternoon, Tianjin Ruihai International Logistics was just one among countless Chinese industrial firms, a no-name handler of dangerous chemicals in the northeastern port city of Tianjin.

Since Wednesday night, when massive blasts at Ruihai’s seaside facility devastated a swath of Tianjin’s Binhai district, killing at least 56 people, hospitalizing 721, and leaving thousands of nearby residents temporarily homeless, the company has found itself at the center of a public outcry over a perceived lack of transparency and public accountability.

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