In a bid to capture an overall picture of how much pollution is
emitted, China's State Council, or the cabinet, has decided to
launch the first-ever nationwide survey of all polluters.
The decision was made at a conference chaired by Vice-Premier
"In recent years, China's rapid economic growth has given rise
to more pollution discharge, while the existing data has been
insufficient for environmental surveillance," Zeng said.
The survey, scheduled to begin in 2008, is mainly aimed at
finding the number, sector and geographical distribution of the
polluters in the country, including those in industrial,
agricultural and residential areas, according to Zeng.
Statistics show that there are more than 1.45 million industrial
enterprises in China, but only 80,000 of them have been included in
the government's key surveillance data.
Early this month, China's environment watchdog for the first
time made public a list of more than 6,000 industrial polluters,
which analysts say will be under mounting pressure to clean up
(Xinhua News Agency April 12, 2007)