Hunan to tackle metal invasion in Xiangjiang River

0 CommentsPrint E-mail China Daily, March 9, 2011
Adjust font size:

Top government officials in Central China's Hunan province vowed to tackle the heavy metal pollution that has caused environmental deterioration and mounting health problems in Hunan.

Zhou Qiang, Party secretary of Hunan province, said on Tuesday at the ongoing annual session of National People's Congress that he is confident the heavy metal pollution of the Xiangjiang River will be controlled during the 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-2015) period.

The pollution remediation plan of the country's most polluted river was included in the national blueprint. More than 40 million people live near the river, and local business within the region accounts for 70 percent of provincial GDP.

In recent years, a series of lead poisoning cases and the recent report on "cadmium rice" have put heavy metal pollution in Hunan under the spotlight.

"If there are any children tested to have excessive levels of lead in their blood, the government will make sure they receive free treatment," said Xu Shousheng, governor of Hunan, who promised to put full effort into ensuring the health of people so they can "breath fresh air, drink clear water and eat safe food".

Hunan is known as "the hometown of nonferrous metals". Government officials also promised that the pursuit of GDP growth will not be achieved at the cost of environmental deterioration and a rise in the frequency of health problems for its people. Xu said the work of local officials will be evaluated in the future on their environmental protection efforts.

Zhou said heavy metal pollution will take much longer than five years to solve, and the first step is to prevent new pollution from pouring into the river. The second step is to deal with the current heavy metals in the river.

1   2   Next  

Print E-mail Bookmark and Share

Go to Forum >>0 Comments

No comments.

Add your comments...

  • User Name Required
  • Your Comment
  • Racist, abusive and off-topic comments may be removed by the moderator.
Send your storiesGet more from