Environment valued higher than industrial potential

( China Daily ) Updated: 2016-03-04 07:55:14

THE MINISTRY OF Environmental Protection has rejected the plan for a chemical plant to produce polyolefin in Southwest China's Guizhou province, due to the pollution risk. The 17 billion yuan ($2.6 billion) project, led by Sinopec Group, Asia's largest oil refiner, failed to provide solutions to control the airborne pollutants, including sulfur dioxide, that would be discharged during production. Beijing Youth Daily on Thursday lauded the environment watchdog's decision:

Undoubtedly, Sinopec's rejected chemical project is a big blow not only to the oil giant, but also to the local government, given its projected annual production and revenues. But unlike many of its kind, which were often given a free pass in their environmental impact assessment, it failed to proceed without being preferentially treated.

Apart from its planned location, which is adjacent to underground water channels, the project also had huge air pollution risks, and did not offer a proper plan to cope with an emergency. Although the company is allowed to apply for an administrative review within two months or file an administrative lawsuit within six months, there is no doubt that the polyolefin-producing project as planned would jeopardize the environment.

Environment valued higher than industrial potential

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