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China works for safe dangerous waste disposal

(Xinhua)

08:59, November 02, 2012

BEIJING, Nov. 1 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese government has released a guideline to ensure all dangerous wastes produced by major licensed units at or above city levels will be safely disposed of by 2015.

"Our country's prevention of pollution from dangerous wastes started late with a weak foundation and historical consequences. The pressure will be huge and the situation will remain austere until 2015," said the guideline jointly adopted by the Ministry of Environmental Protection, National Development and Reform Commission, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and the Ministry of Health.

The document, which was made public on Monday, praised the progress made in that regard between 2006 to 2010, citing that licensed waste-producing units safely disposed of 8.4 million tonnes of dangerous wastes in 2010, up 180 percent from 2006.

It urged strengthened control of harmful wastes from the sources, supervising all waste-processing procedures as well as integrating legal, administrative, economic and technologic measures to stem illegal dumping of wastes and improve waste-treating capacities.

The guideline came after a series of waste dumping cases affecting local environments and people's health.


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