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2006-08-21 05:25:00

BEIJING -- China's environmental chief has blamed fraudulent environmental approvals and patchy installation of control equipment for rises in pollution, state media reported on Monday. Pollution discharges increased in 17 provinces in the first half, despite a government pledge to cut emissions 2 percent by the end of the year, the Shanghai Daily newspaper quoted Zhou Shengxian, director of the State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA), as saying. "Fraud in project approval was...

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2006-08-16 01:50:00

By Chris Buckley BEIJING -- China will rigorously enforce limits on industrial pollution as it seeks to rein in rampant pollution and tame frenetic economic growth, the nation's top environment official said. Zhou Shengxian, head of China's State Environmental Protection Administration, said government efforts to cut sulphur dioxide and other pollutants belching into China's hazy skies were failing, the China Environment News reported on Wednesday. Breakneck economic expansion was instead...

2006-04-11 05:04:01

BEIJING (Reuters) - The United States urged China on Tuesday to clean up its environment ahead of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, as China's top environmental agency warned Beijing citizens to stay home to avoid serious air pollution. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator Stephen Johnson warned China that the world was watching its environmental protection efforts in the lead-up to the Beijing Games. "The eyes of the world are on China as we approach the Olympics in Beijing...

2006-04-07 00:28:43

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has punished eight officials for polluting a chain of once thriving lakes near Beijing, pushing a drive for greener growth, state media said on Friday. The report came the day after a chemical factory blast near a northeastern river, the scene of major toxic spill last year. The Baiyangdian lakes, a two-hour drive south of Beijing, made national headlines for their stinking water and a mass death of fish this spring. The State Environmental Protection...

2006-04-05 23:44:45

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's environment ministry has ordered cleanups at 20 chemical and petrochemical enterprises, including CNPC and units of Sinopec, after they were found to pose serious safety threats, domestic media reported on Thursday. The State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA) also decided to stop or postpone approval for projects at 44 sites with a total investment of 149.5 billion yuan ($18.7 billion) because their locations were considered unsafe. "SEPA...

2006-02-20 22:20:00

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has warned local environmental protection officials that they will be punished if they allow or cover up damage to the environment in favor of economic growth, state media said on Tuesday. China has been struck by a steady string of environmental crises, including a river pollution case that left millions in northeast China without drinking water for days, and degradation of the environment has become an issue threatening growth, social stability and public health....

2006-02-09 06:00:00

BEIJING (Reuters) - Pollution has become one of the biggest tests for the Chinese Communist Party but a lack of democracy stands in the way of an easy remedy, a newspaper on Thursday quoted a top environment official as saying. China's economic boom in the past 25 years has brought serious degradation of the environment, with industrial waste pouring into most of the country's rivers and air quality deteriorating sharply in its cities. "China's development has entered a stage with high...

2006-02-09 00:10:00

BEIJING  - Pollution has become one of the biggest tests for the Chinese Communist Party but a lack of democracy stands in the way of an easy remedy, a newspaper on Thursday quoted a top environment official as saying. China's economic boom in the past 25 years has brought serious degradation of the environment, with industrial waste pouring into most of the countrys' river and air quality deteriorating sharply in its cities. "China's development has entered a stage with high...

2006-02-07 03:50:00

BEIJING -- China's top pollution watchdog will demand officials report toxic spills within an hour, the official People's Daily said on Tuesday, as it named and shamed 11 companies for pollution. An unnamed official from the State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA) told the paper that officials and executives who delayed reporting or covered up "sudden environmental incidents" may face criminal prosecution. But the official also warned that China will find it near impossible...

2005-10-24 08:45:15

BEIJING (Reuters) - China is to blacklist cities that fail to reach national air quality standards and penalize them by warning off investors, state media quoted environment officials as saying on Monday. The State Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) will also control construction projects that could worsen air pollution in the worst-offending cities. "The list will be announced regularly to warn cities of deteriorating air quality," Xinhua news agency quoted Zhang Lijun, SEPA's...