(August 24, 2006) A chemical spill in a Songhua River tributary that runs through the northeastern city of Jilin has been brought under control, officials said. The illegal discharge of xylidine from a chemical factory caused a five-kilometre slick of bubbly red water.
(August 24, 2006) Environmental protection officials in Jilin province dispatched thousands of police to build three dams on the Manghe River in a bid to keep a five-kilometre-long chemical pollution belt from reaching the nearby Songhua River.
(August 23, 2006) Medical authorities in China seeking to prevent diseases caused by parasites have issued warnings about the danger of eating raw or undercooked freshwater seafood.
(August 22, 2006) A senior Chinese official says pollution and industrial mismanagement are threatening water supplies in nearly 300 cities. The government is planning to spend $125 billion in the next five years to try to fix the problem.
(August 21, 2006) A government investigation into pollution-control approvals for construction projects worth more than US$12.5 million found violations in almost 40 per cent of cases, China’s senior environmental official says.
(August 19, 2006) Having been deprived of running water for two months, 2,100 residents in Gaochun county in Jiangsu have been forced to get their supplies from a river ridden with the parasitic worm that can cause liver, gastrointestinal tract and bladder diseases.
(July 20, 2006) A 27-year-old economic boom has left China’s waterways and coastlines polluted by industrial and farm chemicals and domestic sewage. ‘Having long failed to enforce its own environmental safeguards,’ China must now outsource for help.
(July 13, 2006) ‘If China does not take effective preventative measures, the occurrence of environmental incidents will be out of control,’ warns Pan Yue, vice-minister of the State Environmental Protection Administration.
(January 30, 2001) Most of China’s chemical plants pose a ‘grave environmental risk’ because they are located too close to cities and rivers, the State Environmental Protection Administration warns.
(July 11, 2006) China’s State Environmental Protection Administration says 45 per cent of the country’s chemical and petrochemical plants, most located along rivers and lakes or in densely populated areas, pose a major environmental risk.
(June 18, 2006) Chinese authorities said a toxic coal tar spill flowing down a northern river had slowed as they rushed to stop it from reaching a reservoir that serves a city of 10 million and is a standby source for the 2008 Olympics.
(June 17, 2006) Clean-up efforts were under way on Friday to control coal tar contamination in a river in North China’s Hebei province, which is endangering a reservoir supporting Baoding, a city with a population of more than 10 million.
(June 15, 2006) Crews armed with cotton, sponges, straw and activated carbon soaked up toxic coal tar from a northern Chinese river Thursday, hurrying to absorb the spill before it reaches a city of 10 million people.
(July 12, 2006) Nearly half of China’s chemical plants pose "a severe environmental risk," according to a report released yesterday by the country’s environmental protection agency.
(June 6, 2006) Projects will be cancelled if they cause overdevelopment of land resources or negatively affect the surrounding environment, said SEPA deputy director Zhu Guangyao.