19 Feb '11, 5am

China to cut heavy-metal pollution

China to cut heavy-metal pollution

BEIJING: China has adopted a plan to tackle heavy-metal pollution, state media reported Saturday, after more than 30 major poisoning incidents since 2009. The government has set a target of reducing emissions of five metals -- lead, mercury, chromium, cadmium and arsenic -- by 15 per cent from 2007 levels over the next five years, the China Daily said. China discharged 900 tonnes of the highly toxic metals in 2007, the paper reported, and Environment Minister Zhou Shengxian said 75 billion yuan ($11.4 billion) would be needed over the five years to address the problem. The report did not say whether this funding had been allocated. Nearly 4,500 enterprises, including mines, battery manufacturers, leather producers and the chemical industry, have been identified as key monitoring targets. "More than 30 major heavy-metal poisoning incidents have occurred since 2009, posing a...

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