July 5, 2010
Northwest China’s Shaanxi province has imposed a fine of 700,000 yuan, or about 103,344 US dollars, on the cities of Xi’an, Baoji and Xianyang for “environmental compensation” for their failing to meet the standard for pollutant discharge in the Wei River in, the Beijing Times reported on Monday.
It is said that 60% of the fine will be used to build up a comprehensive treatment project for reducing carbon emission, and to ensure the security of the drinking water of the inhabitants. The rest will be used to reward the counties or municipalities where the water quality has effectively improved.
Shaanxi province launched a project for protecting surface water at four pilot cities including Xi’an, Baoji, Xianyang and Weinan at the beginning of this year, in a bid to improve the local government’s regulation of Wei River’s pollution problem.
Xi’an, the provincial capital of Shaanxi province, was working on the establishment of a provincial environmental protection model city while it was fined.
Thus, Xian instantly investigated the pollution issues and suspended two enterprises located along the bank of Wei River’s tributary river which are mainly responsible for excessive pollutant discharges, according to Ren Yongfeng, deputy director of Xian Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau.
Xi’an also plans to unveil an environmental compensation project for the Wei River, strengthening the regulation in the amount of pollutant discharge and guaranteeing the water quality of its running water, according to related authorities from the local government.
Xianyang and Baoji are also considering taking similar measures to cure the water pollution problem, according to the report.
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