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Emissions data scandal sparks health concerns in South Korea

LG Chem, Hanwha Chemical falsification 'tip of iceberg,' government says

Serious air pollution is prompting pedestrians in Seoul to wear air-filtering masks.    © Reuters

SEOUL -- When the South Korean government announced on April 17 that leading South Korean chemical companies LG Chem and Hanwha Chemical had concealed air pollutant emissions in excess of government standards, the news sent shock waves through the country, which is suffering its worst-ever atmospheric pollution. 

At a time when emissions were reaching up to 15 times the allowable level, the two companies falsely reported their compliance with environmental regulations in documents submitted to the government. Experts said the scandal is just the tip of the iceberg.

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