Brakes put on polluters

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 24 March, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 24 March, 2007, 12:00am

Guangdong plans to limit the practice of polluting industries moving to its mountainous areas to escape the more stringent environmental protection requirements of the Pearl River Delta.

The focus this year was to slow the migration of polluting industries from the delta to the mountainous areas, yesterday's Nanfang Daily quoted provincial Environmental Protection Bureau director-general Li Qing as saying.

Mr Li told a provincial environmental protection meeting on Thursday that the government would also suspend approvals for polluting industries planning to move to areas that had already reached their pollution quota. Guangdong vetoed 26 polluting projects in the first half of last year, almost 10 per cent of projects seeking approval last year.

Guangdong macroeconomic expert Ding Li said the government could avoid the same environmental degradation mistakes made in the delta by building industrial parks 'in which waste water can be collectively treated and pollution can be reduced'.