Chinese city apologises for delay in reporting chemical leak
BEIJING (AP) - A Chinese city government has apologised for taking five days to report a chemical leak that has affected another city's drinking water supply.
Xinhua News Agency says the mayor of Changzhi in northern Shanxi province apologised at a news conference on Monday.
He said the polluter had informed the municipal government of the leak on Dec 31 but that they had underestimated its severity.
Xinhua says the city was required to report the leak to the provincial environmental authority within two hours.