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  1. Crackdown on cities with major lead pollution

    Posted May 20th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Mimi Lau mimi.lau@scmp.com The mainland's top environmental watchdog has stepped up its crackdown on lead pollution after a spate of poisonings, saying it will stop approval of environmental assessment studies in cities with major pollution problems. The new notice issued by the Environmental Protection Ministry on Wednesday also said executives of companies using the toxic ...

  2. Co-ordinated drive to target heavy-metal pollution nationwide

    Posted Mar 30th 2011, 12:00am by Will Clem

    ... Will Clem in Shanghai The top environmental watchdog is teaming up with eight other ministerial-level agencies to crack down on heavy-metal pollution nationwide in the wake of a recent ... their efforts to deal 'seriously' with polluting industries as part of the 12th five-year plan, which covers the years 2011 to 2015. While Zhang said the watchdog had made progress in clamping ...

  3. Beijing may lower goal for curbing pollution

    Posted Nov 19th 2010, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... Shi Jiangtao in Beijing Beijing appears to have scaled down its ambition in cutting pollution by setting a much lower target for a key water pollution indicator for the next five years than in the previous five-year programme. The proposal by the Ministry of Environmental Protection- which would halve the target for chemical oxygen demand (COD), a measure of water pollution ...

  4. Wen pledges iron fist as time is running out on pollution-control targets

    Posted May 06th 2010, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... Shi Jiangtao in Beijing Premier Wen Jiabao has issued a grim warning over the lack of progress in hitting Beijing's established target in its anti-pollution campaign, which has been billed as the country's key battlefield in fighting climate change. At a national meeting on cutting energy waste and pollution, Wen vowed his government would take all the necessary ...

  5. Money for fighting pollution 'wasted'

    Posted Nov 12th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Wang told the newspaper at the 13th World Lake Conference in Wuhan last week. 'But how much of the money is used to clean up the pollution and improve the environment? If we squeeze it, ... officials piled funds into unnecessary and extravagant 'face projects'. These included enormous recreational squares, lawns and even golf courses alongside polluted rivers that were ...

  6. Bosses may be fined for water pollution

    Posted Feb 27th 2008, 12:00am by Klaudia Lee

    ... Klaudia Lee Draft suggests docking salaries of offenders The heads of Chinese companies that pollute waterways could be docked half their annual salary in a draft legislation that marks the first time individuals could face punishment for damaging the environment. The latest measure, carried in a draft amendment to the Water Pollution Prevention and Control Law, is part of efforts ...

  7. Polluter insurance scheme to hold firms accountable

    Posted Feb 19th 2008, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... Shi Jiangtao in Beijing The mainland's environmental watchdog will set up a liability insurance system in an attempt to hold industrial polluters accountable. State Environmental Protection Administration (Sepa) deputy director Pan Yue said the 'green insurance' initiative was prompted by the grave threats pollution and worsening environmental degradation posed ...

  8. Upgrade gives watchdog more clout in pollution fight

    Posted Mar 13th 2008, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... in tackling widespread pollution and local protectionism, which showed little sign of improvement in the past year, a senior environmental official said. But despite Beijing announcing initial progress in cutting pollution and promoting energy efficiency last week, State Environmental Protection Administration (Sepa) deputy director Wu Xiaoqing admitted that little headway had been made ...

  9. Pollutant levels drop for first time in years

    Posted Jan 23rd 2008, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... Shi Jiangtao in Beijing The mainland has declared an initial victory in curbing emissions of major pollutants and set ambitious pollution control targets to ensure the success of the Olympics. It is the first time in years that the mainland has announced decreases in acid-rain-causing sulfur dioxide emissions and chemical oxygen demand (COD), a measure of water pollution ...

  10. Beijing vehicle ban cut pollution 20pc, scientist claims

    Posted Sep 12th 2007, 12:00am by Martin Zhou

    ... Martin Zhou The results of last month's four-day city-wide partial vehicle ban showed a 20-per-cent cut in Beijing's air pollution, according to a scientist advising the city government on its campaign to clean up its hazardous polluted air ahead of the Olympics. Meanwhile, Hebei province, which borders Beijing, has announced an overhaul of its air quality monitoring ...




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