Three Gorges Probe

China to clear "1,000-year-old" trash from mega-dam

December 13, 2007
Three Gorges dam officials have promised to clean up a "1,000-year-old" mountain of garbage dating back to the Song Dynasty (960-1279), Reuters reported on December 13.

Residents of Luoqi Town in Chongqing Municipality add over 800 pounds of garbage to the 300, 000-tonne pile every day, but officials say the ancient site will be cleared by September and replaced by an environmentally clean trash station early next year.
Waste, industrial scrap and untreated sewage seeping into the Three Gorges dam are just a few of the environmental hazards around the controversial project, due for completion in a year or two.

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