07 June 2007 06:40 [Source: ICIS news]
The local government will have to reconsider these projects if the city cannot cope with environmental demands, Pan Yue, deputy minister at the State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA), said in a statement.
Such assessments will be a way to curb environmental risks in rapidly developing industries and cities, he added.
The conflict arose as the environmental study did not take into account the city’s development, Pan said, adding that the local government even planned to create a residential estate in Haicang which already housed several petrochemical plants.
“As cities and industrial estates developed rapidly, there is less emphasis at the overall planning level to consider the impact on resources and the environment,” he said in Mandarin.
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