The manager of a Shenzhen company which was caught discharging
untreated wastewater has printed a letter of repentance in
This has set a precedent for other polluters to publicly declare
their remorse according to a new rule laid down by the city's
environment watchdog, the Shenzhen Special Zone Daily said
in its editorial yesterday.
In the letter, Hong Taiping, manager of Shenzhen Jinhuizhan
Electronics Co Ltd in Bao'an District, also pledged to abide by
environmental protection laws in the future.
The new regulation stipulates that polluters who have their
waste discharge licenses suspended after being found to have dumped
untreated waste, will not be given a new license until they
publicly express remorse and pledge that they will never breach the
law in the future.
The firm is one of the four Shenzhen companies which have
recently had their discharge licenses suspended for polluting the
local water. They have each paid a penalty of 100,000 yuan
Jinhuizhan's workers discharged wastewater without treatment in
November last year. Production has been stopped since then,
incurring 3 million yuan in losses for the company, Hong said.
"We will learn from this lesson and solemnly pledge to strictly
abide by the standards imposed by the environmental protection
bureau. We will also offer training to each new employee on the
proper procedures of wastewater treatment to prevent such kind of
incidents from reoccurring," the manager said in the public
The company has invested more than 1 million yuan in upgrading
its wastewater processing and drainage system, he said.
The three other firms penalized for pollution were Liwang
(Shenzhen) Paint Co Ltd, Meidayang Science and Technology Co Ltd,
and Xintaida Industrial Co Ltd.
The city's environmental protection bureau said it would start
legal proceedings to shut down those polluters that refused to
publicly express their repentance and clean up their act.
(Shenzhen Daily February 15, 2006)