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Cleaning up China’s industry

03-05-2012 00:15 BJT Special Report: 2012 NPC & CPPCC Sessions |

With China’s economy growing at a terrific pace, the environmental impact of this is becoming more and more apparent. During this session of the National People’s Congress, deputies are expected to discuss ways to improve the country’s green credentials.

It was a tough battle, not easily forgotten.

Last month, the Liujiang River in south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region was polluted by the toxic chemical cadmium.

Local factories were to blame... It took more than two weeks to clean up. Workers rushed to secure safe drinking water and prevent the pollution from reaching further downstream.

Unfortunately, this is not an isolated case.

From now on, sacrificing the environment for economic benefit is no longer an option.

The NPC Standing Committee recently approved a draft amendment to the Law on the Promotion of Clean Production.

It requires companies to undergo rigorous inspections to assess their environmental impact and to meet national and local standards.

Public opinion was solicited, and the latest amendments give a list of detailed conditions for compulsory clean production checks. It covers the entire process, not just emissions, but things like excessive packaging.

But for many legislators, this just doesn’t go far enough.

Chen Sixi, member of NPC Standing Committee, said, "I think the newly submitted amendment will further promote China’s clean production. But I think it’s still not clear enough who is responsible for this supervision... and there are not enough explanations regarding the timeline for penalties."

Legislators say they believe the current law, which came into effect in 2003, needs to be revised to meet the requirements of energy conservation and emissions control, in the country’s bid to build a greener and more sustainable economy.

Editor:James |Source: CNTV

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