A branch of a Chinese dairy giant and a unit
of the biggest oil refiner are among 32 companies that were ordered to stop
production yesterday for violating pollution limits.
The State Environmental Protection Administration demanded that the companies
clean up their operations.
The enterprises, along with six sewage treatment plants singled out for
criticism, operate along the Yangtze River, Yellow River, Huaihe River and Haihe
River, according to SEPA vice director Pan Yue.
Mengniu Dairy's branch in Dengkou County, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region,
has operated without wastewater processing facilities ever since it began
business in December, 2005, and it discharges effluent into the Yellow River
without treatment, SEPA said.
The dairy plant also expanded its annual capacity to 150,000 tons from 30,000
tons without approval, Pan said.
The Zhongyuan chemical company under Sinopec Corp's Zhongyuan oil field
company failed to use disposal facilities, and its wastewater contained
excessive ammonia and nitrogen, Pan said.
SEPA will recommend punishment for those responsible for the pollution, the
The agency also suspend construction projects that have not gone through
environmental assessments in six cities, two counties and five industrial parks
along the four rivers as the water was found to be heavily polluted.