Beijing safe from chems during Olympic Games

29 January 2007 10:28  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--A senior Beijing government official said over the weekend that the Chinese capital will be safe from hazardous chemicals during the 2008 Olympic Games, according to Beijing News.


Over the past two years, the Beijing authorities have compiled a handbook on how to deal with possible accidents involving its 254 toxic and hazardous chemical factories, transportation and chemicals that are frequently used in daily life, vice-mayor Lu Hao said.


The State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA) can require companies to register new, dangerous, toxic or hazardous substances as part of its efforts to protect the environment, an official said.


Gao Yingxin, director of SEPA’s Chemical Registration Centre, said registration will help the public understand that substances can pose a threat to public safety and help the environmental watchdog to ensure that such materials are handled properly.


Gao suggested that enterprises hire professional agencies to help them register chemicals as it is a complex process.

By: Florence Tan
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