Waste: Il­le­gal sewage dis­charge un­der­lined

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In­ten­si­fied ef­forts will be made to pun­ish en­ter­prises that il­le­gally dis­charge sewage con­tain­ing heavy me­tal to stop it from flow­ing into farm­land, he said. In some re­gions, es­pe­cially where heavy me­tal mines are lo­cated, farm­land is se­ri­ously pol­luted, which has caused food safety prob­lems and aroused pub­lic com­plaints in re­cent years, Ji said.

In Novem­ber, a me­dia re­port said rice grow­ing in some farm­land in Gangk­ou­jie town­ship in Ji­u­jiang, Jiangxi prov­ince, was found to con­tain cad­mium at more than eight times the na­tional stan­dard, which caused a panic among lo­cals.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions by lo­cal au­thor­i­ties later found sewage dis­charged by a lo­cal mine caused pol­lu­tion of nearby farm­land. Also, sewage treat­ment ca­pac­ity in some cities had fallen be­hind de­mand, the re­port noted.

Yu Fawen, an agri­cul­tural re­searcher at the Chi­nese Academy of So­cial Sci­ences, said en­vi­ron­men­tal pol­lu­tion is very se­ri­ous in many ru­ral ar­eas of China, with treat­ment of sewage and solid waste at a sig­nif­i­cantly lower level than in ur­ban ar­eas, and more fund­ing from the gov­ern­ment is needed.

“A means of im­prov­ing and main­tain­ing the en­vi­ron­ment in ru­ral ar­eas should be es­tab­lished, so that dif­fer­ent par­ties, in­clud­ing farm­ers, can par­tic­i­pate in en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion,” he added.

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