Harbin Pharmaceutical Group to build new plant after pollution scandal

09:14, June 15, 2011      

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The main plant of Harbin Pharmaceutical Group, a major pharmaceutical company in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, signed a project agreement with Acheng District government of Harbin Tuesday, to jointly build a new production plant following a recent pollution scandal that erupted over its waste emissions.

Zhang Lijun, president and general manager of Harbin Pharmaceutical Group Co., Ltd., said he apologized for the pollution caused by an excess of waste gases and water emissions from the plant.

The new plant will not emit pollution over the national standard, Zhang said.

China Central Television (CCTV) reported in early June that the main plant of Harbin Pharmaceutical Group -- an antibiotics maker based in Harbin, capital of Heilongjiang, emitted waste gases and water that exceeded legal limits.

"The odor concentration has been 20 times higher than legal limits for years," said Peng Xu, an inspector at Harbin City Bureau of Environmental Protection.

After the CCTV report and ensuing public outrage, the main plant decided to build a new one with improved facilities in Acheng District, a suburb of Harbin.

The first phase of the project is scheduled to be completed in 2013 with a planned investment of 2 billion yuan (about 309 million U.S. dollars), according to the agreement.

Wu Zhijun, chief of the main plant of Harbin Pharmaceutical Group, said the new plant's manufacturing techniques and pollution control measures would be a significant improvement.

The existing area of the main plant of Harbin Pharmaceutical Group was built in 1958. It will be used as a research center after the new plant is complete.

Source: Xinhua
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