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Sub-anchor: How bad Guangxi water pollution is

03-05-2012 00:17 BJT Special Report: 2012 NPC & CPPCC Sessions |

For more on the issue, Feng Jinchao is with us here in the studio.

Q1: You mention in your story that the Guangxi water pollution scandal is not an isolated case. So how bad is it?

A1: Well, I believe we all know how serious it is. An official report from the Ministry of Environmental Protection shows that among the 131 rivers running through cities across the country, 36 are severely contaminated, and nearly 60 others polluted.

Since the Songhua River benzene pollution incident in 2005, over 140 pollution cases have been reported.

But it’s not just the water. According to a survey last year, very few Chinese cities can meet proper air quality standards.

So I should say the situation is very serious. But on a more positive note, more and more Chinese cities are becoming aware of this.

Q2: So this new draft law on the promotion of clean production has been revised by the NPC. Could you give more specifics as to the amendments made?

A2: One amendment is to the wording of the law. The words "resource conservation" and "efficiency" appear all through the document, whilst before, it only mentioned "reduction of pollution." It might not sound like much, but it sends a very strong message.

With increasing funds made available by the Central Government to tackle environmental problems, local governments at county levels or above will now be directly responsible for promoting clean production within their own jurisdiction.

Finally, another interesting change, again to the wording, references to "clean production" have now been changed to "promotion of clean production." So what signal does that send? Maybe the country has come to understand that this task is not an easy one, that results cannot be expected overnight, and that the nation must be more realistic and pragmatic.

Editor:James |Source: CNTV

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