Environmental efforts in Taihu Lake Basin set good example: official
Efforts to stop water pollution by cities in east China's Taihu Lake Basin are good model for other Chinese cities, said Ye Rutang, vice chairman of the Environmental and Resources Protection Committee of the National People's Congress.
During the current study tour in Jiangsu Province, the parliamentary official repeatedly said the Taihu Lake Basin, one of the most developed areas in the country, is one of the regions in China most capable of dealing with environmental problems.
He said even though China only has a per-capita GDP of 1,000 US dollars, it is able to deal with large-scale environmental problems, despite the contrary claims of other politicians. These officials insisted that developed nations did not begin to fight pollution until their per-capita GDP topped 8,000 US dollars.
"All fish might been dead if China begins to deal with pollution with its per-capita GDP reaches 8,000 US dollars," said Ye.
According to provincial government, Jiangsu is cleaning up the much-polluted Taihu Lake and its neighboring waters. It has set up a special committee for environmental protection in the Taihu Lake Basin and passed a number of local laws and regulations concerning the issue.
During the past few years, cities in the area have worked hard to deal with industrial polluters. A large number of factories have been closed or forced to install more environmental-friendly equipment.
Shipping of cement has been banned in the lake, while all kinds of vessels operating in the area have been forced to install equipment to separate oil and water and collect garbage. The sale and use of phosphor-containing detergents are banned in the whole province.
Local farmers have been encouraged to turn to "green farming" and stop using chemical insecticides and fertilizers.
A large number of sewage plants have been built up in the areas, to handle waste water from factories and local residents. So far, about 60 percent of sewage or more treated by these sewage plants, before it is discharged into the lake or neighboring waters.
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