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China - After the environmental and industrial clean-up comes the reporting period
2018/6/22 16:21:39 Source: APLF Author: 点击率:

Towards the end of H1 of 2017, the Honorary Chairman of the China Leather Industry Association (CLIA), Su Chaoying, stated that the clean-up of the tannery and other polluting industries started in 2014 would be completed by the end of the year.

During the process of renovating and modernizing polluting tanneries especially in the northern region of Hebei, the aim of this clean-up was the enable tanneries and textile mils to modernise their production facilities by investing in new equipment and treat and recyle waste before it entered the water supplies or could pollute the ground water.

In the case of tanneries the main concern was chromium waste pollution entering the surrounding environment as this can cause toxic hepatitis, nephritis and chromium anemia in the population. The result would be safer industrial tanning processes and sustainable leather made with environmental care and which would be more marketable for making leather products and for exporting to international manufacturers.

The Ministry of Ecology & Environment added that the purpose of chromium reduction and closed-loop recycling technological transformation is to use chromium-free tanning processes or reduce chrome tanning technology or replace it to achieve the elimination or mitigation of chromium pollution.

On 13 June this year, the Chinese Ministry of Ecology & Environment issued a statement publicizing the completion of the tannery clean-up at the end of 2017 in the context of the Water Pollution Prevention and Control Action Plan (Water 10) and noted that so far 326 tanneries had reported the results of their modernization and clean-up as required by law.

In order to effectively implement the "Water 10" clean-up requirements and safeguard public health, the Ministry of Ecology & Environment is now publicizing the detailed information on the cleansing transformation of the tanning industry.

The Ministry noted that there are other tanneries that have not yet reported their progress as required and warned that they are obliged to report within the Public Notice Period which runs from June 11th to July 11th, 2018. Those not complying with this deadline will be subject to severe sanction allowed for within the regulations and will be treated the same as tanneries that have reported fraudulently about their modernization and clean-up.

Finally, the Ministry stated that during this period, social organizations, enterprises and individuals are welcome to supervise the reporting of public companies that have committed fraudulent or non-existent clean-ups by denouncing then by letter, telephone, fax or e-mail.

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