East China’s Anhui Province will, on January 1, close enterprises that fail to reach the national effluent standards during an upcoming provincial inspection of industrial enterprises.
“Reaching the national effluent standard is the lifeline for enterprises,” Vice Governor of Anhui Huang Yuezhong said.
According to Huang, by the end of this November, the total amount of industrial pollutants in Anhui was the same as that of 1995, and 6,110 of the 6,275 industrial enterprises due to reach the effluent standard this year have so far achieved the goal.
Huang also indicated that much remains to be done since there are still some enterprises lagging behind in curbing pollution.
The inspection will be conducted on December 20-28.
(People’s Daily 12/17/2000)