All grass pulps closed in five cities of Shandong, China

Author: Qilu Evening News [China], Published on: 22 August 2007

[Original article in Chinese. Title translation, and following summary of the article's key points, provided by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre.]
Shandong province has drastically cut the number of grass pulp mills from 600 to less than 30. Closed mills include the biggest paper maker in China, Chenming Paper. Organic pollutant discharges measured in terms of COD (Chemical Oxygen Demand) dropped from 304,800 tonnes in 2000 to 147,100 tonnes in 2006. According to the provincial environmental bureau, the paper industry constituted half of all industry COD discharges. The grass pulp mills in Qingdao, Zaozhuang, Tai'an, Weihai and Binzhou have all beenl closed, pulling the COD discharge level of the paper industry down from 59.6% to 49.6% of all industrial COD discharges in the province.

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