[photopress:industrial_zones_chinese_pollution.jpg,full,alignright]Chemical and polluting companies in the Guangdong provincial capital will be moved out of urban areas over the next eight years, according to Gan Xin, the city’s deputy mayor who was speaking in Guangzhou.
Gan Xin said the government will provide about RMB200 million ($28 million) to help the firms relocate and build new factories for them in 11 industrial development zones in Zengcheng, Huadu, Conghua and Nansha districts, which are far from the city’s urban areas.
He said, ‘In total, 279 firms will be moved, 119 of which will go before 2010.’
The move is part of the city’s urban reconstruction plan which was launched in December.
Those to be moved include a number of large-scale, State-owned firms such as the Guangzhou Paper Group and Guangzhou Baiyunshan Jigong Pharmaceutical.
The companies to be moved were chosen because they were violating national and local environmental protection regulations relating to emissions, sewage, noise and solid waste, and seriously affecting people’s living conditions.
Van Xin said companies that correct their polluting habits within a set period of time will be exempted.
Of the 119 firms to be relocated by 2010, 48 of them are chemical companies, while 53 are State-owned enterprises. A further 160 companies will be moved out of the urban district by 2015, 59 of them chemical firms.
Source: China View