31 January 2007 04:00 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--China’s environment watchdog plans to crack down on regions or industries which failed to meet emission standards in its next checks, a senior official said on Wednesday.
The State Environment Protection Administration (SEPA) will focus on major rivers and regions where serious pollution accidents occurred, the bureau’s vice director, Pan Yue, said in a statement.
It will stop approvals for the regions or industries to ensure that standards on sulphur dioxide and waste emissions were met, he added.
SEPA halted 82 projects, mostly power plants, earlier this year as they did not have environment approvals.
The government has stopped environment approvals for all projects, except for eco-friendly ones, in Tangshan, Laifu, Liupanshui and Luliang cities, Pan said.
Part of Datang International’s power plant in Tangshan has been shut while two other power projects have stopped operations, he added.
The SEPA would ensure that the rest of the projects meet environment standards, however, there were still a number of companies which were still operating or building plants despite being blacklisted, Pan said.
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