Where do electric car batteries go?Look at the crime and punishment behind the heavy metal scalping case of 100 million yuan

2022-08-06 0 By

In more than a year, Shen and others illegally disposed of more than 14,000 tons of waste lead batteries, causing serious water pollution in the Yanhe River.◎ From knowing the clues of the case in 2017 to breaking the criminal chain in 2021, the ecological prosecution team of Qingjiangpu District People’s Procuratorate of Huai ‘an City, Jiangsu Province completed a fine case of a civil public interest lawsuit attached to a criminal case after three and a half years.At present, electric cars have become an important means of transportation for people. They use lead batteries with an average life of about two years. After two years, few people will pay attention to where these waste batteries go, but in the eyes of “anyone who cares”, these “waste” are surprisingly valuable treasures.From knowing the clues of the case in 2017 to cutting off the criminal chain in 2021, the ecological procurator case handling team of Qingjiangpu District Procuratorate in Huai ‘an city, Jiangsu Province spent three and a half years to turn a civil public interest lawsuit attached to a criminal case into a high-quality case linked by the department, which has aroused wide attention from all walks of life.In the summer of 2017, many villagers living near the Yanhe River in Huai ‘an reported that the water quality of the Yanhe River was seriously polluted by a pungent sour smell in the air and black objects of unknown origin often appeared on the water surface.After learning of this situation, qingjiangpu District Procuratorate of Huaian City, as the centralized jurisdiction of environmental and resource cases in Huaian City, immediately dispatched an ecological procuratorial team to intervene in the case in advance and investigate and verify the source of pollution together with the public security organs.Finally, in a shabby factory hidden in the remote countryside, we found a small workshop next to the Salt River where used lead batteries were dismantled without a license. The workshop was as big as two basketball courts, filled with batteries and disassembled parts, and the ground was flowing with dark brown sour and smelly liquid.As police and prosecutors were preparing to investigate who was behind the attack, a 70-year-old man surnamed Cao voluntarily surrendered.This makes people wonder: “Why don’t 70-year-olds from other places stay at home and enjoy themselves, but go all the way here to do illegal things?”Professional sensitivities alerted the case team that there might be more to it than that.The investigation team through the guidance of the public security organs found that Cao is to the top package, the real black hand is Shen, Hou and Cao’s son Cao.It turned out that Shen, who had made a fortune by reselling used lead batteries, accidentally joked to Hou that the business of reselling batteries was becoming more and more difficult, so Hou gave Shen advice: “If the lead in the batteries is smelted out, it can sell for 20,000 yuan per ton, which is much more profitable than reselling batteries!”After inspecting the factory invested by Hou in Shandong, Shen, Hou and Cao hit it off, and started the recycling, dismantling, smelting and selling of waste lead battery in Huaiyin District, Huaian City.Among them, Shen is responsible for the acquisition of waste lead battery and the management of the production site, Hou is responsible for the transport of lead ingot furnaces from Shandong, provide part of the production of raw materials, Cao is responsible for the sales of finished lead ingot.Soon, Shen and others will find accounting, site responsible person, workers, drivers and other more than 20 people, respectively engaged in accounting, weighing, dismantling, transportation and other work.Arrested the main culprit refused to account for prosecutors through the field visit to understand that the workers of small workshops are from other places to earn “fast money”, the flow of frequent.After less than a week of unprotected work, their blood lead levels reached three times the standard for lead poisoning.On the other hand, the liquid from the battery dismantling and smelting process was dumped on the ground, and the smell of acid and odors could be smelled from far away. Nothing grew on the corroded ground, and water sources were less than 100 meters away.In November 2017, the prosecution approved the arrest of 14 people including Shen.If we want to crack down on crimes according to law, it is urgent to find out how many waste lead batteries Shen and others have disposed of.However, in the prosecutor’s interrogation of Shen, Shen refused to explain the facts of the crime.The main suspects refused to confess, the source of used lead batteries was unknown, and the lead ingots were lost…Positive attack was blocked, the case team decided to break through from the side, on the one hand to guide the public security organs to the suspect’s residence, mobile phones, computers and other investigations;On the other hand, with small workshops as the breakthrough point, repeated investigation of the scene, visit investigation.As Shen has set up 7 hidden dens in a number of towns, the case is difficult to investigate.Prosecutors visited the site nearly 20 times and led the public security organs to collect nearly 1,000 pages of additional evidence. They eventually found key evidence related to the battery’s weight from the warehouse keeper’s bookkeeping books, balance sheets found in the home of a partner surnamed Hou, and wechat chat records of several accountants.After the division of labor and cooperation of the case handling team, the different accounts were entered into the table, the cross-comparison of whether the time overlapped, the elimination of repeated data, and finally found that in more than a year, Shen and others illegally disposed of more than 14,000 tons of waste lead batteries and exported lead ingot worth nearly 100 million yuan.According to the assessment, the restoration cost of ecological environment in several regions involved in the case was nearly 20 million yuan.In September 2019, the Qingjiangpu District People’s Procuratorate filed a civil public interest lawsuit against 14 people, including Shen, on charges of environmental pollution.Shen and 14 others were sentenced to prison terms ranging from six years to one year and six months by the court, with compensation of more than 18 million yuan for ecological restoration costs.”The environmental pollution case of Shen and others is a successful example of huai ‘an procuratorial organs in performing their duties in accordance with the law in recent years, fighting the battle of pollution prevention and control, and protecting the green mountains and rivers.”After watching the trial of the case, National People’s Congress, Jiangsu Shagang Group Huai Steel Special Steel Co., LTD., three rolling workshop director Yang Gengbao said.Cut off the criminal chain throughout many provinces and cities “Shen dismantling, smelting gang is just a link in the interest chain, its upstream battery suppliers, downstream lead ingot lead ash buyers, workers, accountants, warehouse managers.Zhang Chaoyun, deputy chief inspector of the hospital, introduced the case team leader.In this regard, the case team to promote the public security organs to continue to reverse investigation, with the related case digging deeper and deeper, the facts of the case is also more shocking, the “footprint” of the criminal chain has spread throughout the country more than 10 provinces and cities.In the case handling, the team members sorted out the intention, contact and division of labor of each perpetrator according to the sources of used lead batteries, the illegal disposal process, the whereabouts of lead ingot lead ash and dismantled materials.After several public security law consultation and joint meetings of prosecutors, unified the scale of judicial handling cases, and accurately identified the nature of the behavior.People who knew that others were used for the dismantling and smelting of waste lead batteries and the disposal of disassembly materials were prosecuted for the crime of environmental pollution, and those who bought lead ingot and lead ash were investigated for criminal responsibility by covering up and concealing their criminal offenses.The last defendant in the case was sentenced on March 29, 2021.So far, after three and a half years, this illegal recycling, dismantling, smelting, sales of 68 criminals on the criminal chain, all have been severely punished by law.As for the workers in the small workshops, they are both offenders and victims.After consideration, the procuratorial organs only prosecute a small number of people who have management responsibilities, and the majority of people who are not actually involved in investment, management and sharing will not be investigated for criminal responsibility after the concentrated popularization of the law.In addition, the team also wrote a special report on the case, which was highly valued by Huaian Municipal Party Committee. Together with nine departments including environmental protection, transportation and public security, the team has carried out centralized remediation of 870 used lead battery related enterprises, purifying the industry atmosphere.”Now the bad smell is gone, the river is clean, and sometimes you can see fish!”Again at the Salt River, villagers told prosecutors.Source: Justice Network