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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....

2006-02-21 00:00:00

By Lindsay Beck BEIJING -- There are days in Beijing the smog is so thick residents can stare straight at the sun. Residents of the 2008 Olympic Games host city watch the air quality index like they do the weather forecast. Some Chinese cities may dazzle with gleaming skyscrapers and some rural backwaters have been transformed into industrial hubs, but more than two decades of 9.5 percent annual growth have come at a cost. Now the country is trying to calculate exactly what price it is paying...

2006-02-20 01:44:09

BEIJING (Reuters) - A toxic chemical spill in southwest China has disrupted water supplies to 20,000 people since last week, a state newspaper said on Monday, the latest in a series of pollution incidents to hit the country. A power plant on the upper reaches of the Yuexi River in Sichuan province was to blame for the pollution, which prompted environmental officials to suspend water supplies to Guanyin Town since last Wednesday, the official China Daily said. Water was being trucked...

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...

2006-02-07 03:30:00

BEIJING (Reuters) - China on Tuesday named and shamed 11 companies, including large metals smelters, for heavy pollution from their factories. The companies targeted as having "serious problems," including Baiyin Nonferrous Metals Co. and Xingtai Iron and Steel Co. Ltd., had to improve and clean up the offending projects or face closure orders and fines, the State Environmental Protection Administration said on its Web site, www.zhb.gov.cn. Baiyin is China's seventh-largest copper producer...