Environmental watchdog cracks down on polluters

14 May 2007 10:43  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--China’s environmental watchdog has a found number of companies located along the Songhua River in serious breach of emissions standards, the State Environment Protection Administration (SEPA) said in a statement over the weekend.


Out of 11 firms some have been ordered to shut their factories permanently, while others have been called on to stop production and implement improvements.


The companies, which produced chemicals, beer, ethanol, paper and dairy products, were found to have seriously flouted environmental regulations in secret checks conducted in March.


The checks were carried out at more than 110 companies in Heilongjiang and Jilin provinces and about 80% of them failed to meet emissions standards, it said.


Out of the 11 named offenders some were ordered to shut permanently, while others had to stop production and carry out improvements, it said, adding company officials who were responsible for the pollution would be prosecuted.


One of the companies named was Sinochem Qihua Co, which prevented SEPA officials from taking samples and discharged waste water without treating it, the environmental watchdog added.


The company produces 80,000 tonnes/year of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and 20,000 tonnes/year of polypropylene (PP), according to its website.


Waste water from Songyuan Ji’an Biochemical, a glacial acetic acid producer, had repeatedly failed to meet emissions standards, SEPA said.


China has tightened its watch on companies along the Songhua River, which was seriously polluted after Jilin Petrochemical’s aniline plant exploded in November 2005.


The spill cut off water supplies to millions of people in China and Russia.



By: Florence Tan
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