HEFEI -- More than 50 mines and chemical plants in
the city of Ma'anshan, in east China's Anhui Province, have been shut down by
the provincial government for polluting the Cihu River, a small tributary of
The factories will not be allowed to operate again until they meet
environmental protection standards, said Ding Haizhong, Communist Party of China
secretary of the city.
The public informed officials earlier that the Cihu River was being seriously
polluted. The river is located to the north of Ma'anshan and is an important
water source of the city.
The city government investigated the complaints and found the pollution
primarily came from the mines and chemical plants on the upper reach of the
The pollution discharged by the factories has affected the safety of portable
water and water used for irrigation, Ding said.
The pollution in China's longest river, the Yangtze, has worsened over the
last ten years as billions of tons of waste continue to be dumped into China's
A report made by Yangtze River Water Resources Commission shows that 30
billion tons of polluted water were dumped into the river last year, 50 percent
more than in 1998.
About 27.5 percent of the river's water is so seriously polluted it can not
be treated to be made potable, said the report. The percentage in 1998 was below
China has reported more than 150 major water pollution cases so far this