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China: Environmental agency halts 4 power companies’ projects until energy-saving and anti-pollution goals are met

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11 January 2007

Major pollution spill 'every other day' in China

Author: Jonathan Watts, Guardian

China's breakneck growth took its worst ever toll on the environment last year, the state media said today quoting a report that revealed serious pollution spills are occurring almost every other day...Last year, [SEPA] received a record 600,000 complaints about pollution, including 161 accidents that it classified as "serious"...Many of the spills were caused by companies and local authorities that flouted central government regulations...Mr Pan revealed that four power producers...would be barred from launching new projects until they have cleaned up their existing facilities...Four of the country's five main utilities were blacklisted: Datang International Power Generation, China Huaneng Group, China Huadian Corporation and China Guodian Corporation.

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10 January 2007

China misses energy saving goal, but cracks down

Author: Emma Graham-Harrison, Reuters (additional reporting by Lucy Hornby)

China missed its energy saving target last year, a top official [Pan Yue] said on Wednesday, but Beijing is cracking down on major companies that ignored environmental rules as sustainable development moves up the government agenda...Four of the country's top power firms will not get environmental approval for any new projects until they resolve problems with existing plants...Officials at...Datang International Power Generation Co..., Huadian Corp., Huaneng Group and China Guodian Corp. should also be held responsible for the violations...In what could be a sign of growing power, SEPA, which has usually targeted smaller enterprises, included large steel makers along with the big power firms on its list of 82 projects which violated environmental rules...It covered plants opened by Laiwu Iron and Steel Group [Laigang], China's eighth-biggest steelmaker, and rapidly-expanding Baotou Iron and Steel Group [Baogang], the twelfth.

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