In­spec­tors crit­i­cize Ningxia’s pol­lu­tion con­trol ef­forts

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By ZHENG JINRAN zhengjin­ran@chi­

Ningxia Hui au­ton­o­mous re­gion has been found to have il­le­gal con­struc­tion projects in na­ture re­serves and in­suf­fi­cient im­ple­men­ta­tion of pol­lu­tion con­trols, the Min­istry of En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion said on Wed­nes­day.

Ningxia is the fifth pro­vin­cial re­gion to be in­spected by a team sent by the cen­tral gov­ern­ment. A to­tal of 57 pol­lut­ing com­pa­nies have been shut down, while another 179 com­pa­nies have been re­quired to im­prove their equip­ment to con­trol pol­lu­tion. Eight peo­ple have been de­tained and 105 of­fi­cials have been held ac­count­able, in­spec­tors said.

In the au­ton­o­mous re­gion, 149 il­le­gal con­struc­tion projects have been found in­side the nine na­tional-level na­ture re­serves since 2013.

Among the 86 min­ing com­pa­nies work­ing in­side the fa­mous He­lan Moun­tain Na­tional Na­ture Re­serve, 81 have been open-cut min­ing, de­stroy­ing the sur­round­ings.

The min­istry re­leased re­sults from in­spec­tion teams, which have con­ducted one-month in­spec­tions in eight prov­inces since mid-July.

In­spec­tors said Ningxia has pri­or­i­tized eco­nomic growth over en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion, lead­ing to degra­da­tion in cer­tain ar­eas.

Last year, gov­ern­ment funds al­lo­cated to air pol­lu­tion con­trols de­clined 58.4 per­cent year-on-year, while that al­lo­cated to wa­ter pol­lu­tion con­trols fell by 40.6 per­cent.

The con­cen­tra­tion of PM10— par­tic­u­latem­at­ter with adi­am­e­ter of less than 10 mi­crom­e­ters — in­creased by 21.8 per­cent last year com­pared with 2013, and the re­gion has failed to meet na­tional tar­gets for air pol­lu­tion con­trol since 2014, in­spec­tors said.

Wa­ter in five of the eight ma­jor chan­nels con­nect­ing to the Yel­low River is so pol­luted that it is un­fit for in­dus­trial, agri­cul­tural or pub­lic use.

In­spec­tion teams have trans­ferred more than 470 pol­lu­tion-re­lated cases to the gov­ern­ment and re­quired the au­ton­o­mous re­gion to sub­mit plans to solve pol­lu­tion is­sues to the State Coun­cil within a month.

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