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State sounds battle cry against pollution

By Wu Wencong (China Daily)

13:32, March 21, 2012

The Ministry of Environmental Protection said it checked nearly 2,000 lead-acid battery enterprises in 2011 and 81 percent of them were shut down for not meeting environmental standards, leaving only 315 in operation.

"The crackdown has made the industry upgrade its production techniques for better pollution prevention," said Zhou Shengxian, minister of environmental protection, at a national video and teleconference on Tuesday.

"Although less than 20 percent of companies remained, the total productivity has reached 190 million kilowatt-hours, exceeding that of 2010."

Nine cases of lead poisoning were reported from January to August last year.

In one case in Taizhou city, East China's Zhejiang province, 138 people were found to have excessive levels of lead in their blood, and pollution from a nearby battery plant was later shown to be the cause.

"Preventing and controlling heavy-metal pollution, and strengthening supervision of such enterprises will remain as the most important part of this year's environmental protection campaign," Zhou said.

The Ministry of Environmental Protection, the National Development and Reform Commission, and seven other government departments hold the conference each year at the start of an annual campaign against illegal polluting enterprises.

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