East China Province Gives Ultimatum to Polluters Before Olympics

Monday, April 7, 2008 10:28
Posted in category The Big Picture

following up from last weeks post UPDATED: If You Are Manufacturing In Beijing, Tianjin, or Shanghai. PAY ATTENTION, Xinhua has just released an article that I think everyone should pay attention to: East China province gives ultimatum to polluters before Olympics

At present, this article only seem to suggest that 132 firms are being looked at (no indication as to source of ownership), but the following is pretty clear to me.

The Shandong Provincial Environment Protection Bureau issued notifications on Monday to 132 enterprises that have not met the pollutant discharge standard, mainly sulfur dioxide and dust, asking them to take measures to attain the required standard before June 30.

Those that couldn’t meet the standard would be ordered to stop production from July 1, according to the notification.

I am not sure if any readers are on the list, but I would expect that if the situation does not improve there may be others at risk:

As a province close to Beijing, Shandong, together with the neighboring Tianjin, Hebei and Shanxi municipality and provinces, has taken pollution treatment measures to control dust, vehicle exhaust and industrial pollution emissions, to ensure the air quality for the August 8-24 Olympiad

As a final note, we all know that China is having water and energy problems, so while nothing has popped up yet, I would expect that if there is a sever shortage of either running up to the games we will see the warning go out to others.

Keep your eyes peeled for more. I will continue to follow this story.

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2 Responses to “East China Province Gives Ultimatum to Polluters Before Olympics”

  1. Kent Ragen says:

    April 7th, 2008 at 5:46 pm

    I think China’s environmental record will increase dramatically proceeding the games, but the real challenge is in understanding whether or not their commitment to a “green” strategy will stay the course in the years after the Olympics.

    If you want to read details read my post “An Inconvenient Olympics” at ecounit.com/blog. I make the argument that the Olympics will be the turning point for a global focus on conservation and “green” for the next decade.

    Hope this adds to the discussion!

    Best,

    Kent

  2. Rich says:

    April 7th, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    Kent,

    I would agree that we will see more improvements and action prior to the Olympics, however I think China has finally come around to the understanding that it cannot continue along the same trajectory.

    for me, this started last summer, and it is my hope that it continues!

    R

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