China environmental agency lifts restrictions

24 September 2007 08:43  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--China’s environmental watchdog said on Monday it has lifted a restriction on project approvals in five regions after the companies involved improved their record on green issues.


The places include Bayannur in Inner Mongolia, Zhoukou in Henan, Weinan in Shaanxi, Xiangfen county in Shanxi and the Wuhu industrial park in Anhui, Pan Yue, deputy director at the State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA), said.


However, the restriction on project approvals for eight other cities, counties and industrial parks such as Puyang industrial park in Henan, Chaohu in Anhui and Baiyin in Ningxia, remained in place, he added.


In the past two months, SEPA had cleaned up 1,162 companies and projects that violated environmental laws, Pan said. Out of these, 400 were shut and over 300 were ordered to clean up.


SEPA also retrieved yuan (CNY) 725m ($96.7m) of waste emission fees which were overdue, Pan said.


($1 = CNY7.50)



By: Florence Tan
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