Sunday, March 4, 2012

China still targeting heavy-metal polluters

Heavy metal (lead, mercury, chromium, cadmium, arsenic...) pollution is still a big environmental issue in China. Indeed, current standards for heavy metals are based on levels of concentration, not on total volume or mass. Consequently, industries just dilute their emissions and pollute a lot. 

In the first two months of 2012, four incidences of lead poisoning were reported in Guangdong and Henan provinces, and the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region. Over the past 2 years, more than 1,000 enterprises were closed down because of heavy metal pollution.

Unfortunately, the article remains blur on the measures taken to tackle this issue.

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