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Activist: China needs to break ties between polluting industry, local officials

China needs to break ties between polluting industries and local officials if it is to succeed in cleaning up its badly tainted water supplies, [said] the founder of a new environmental group...The government also has to spend more on environmental enforcement…said Ma Jun, director of the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs. A report last month by China's parliament accused local officials of failing to enforce standards for fear of hurting industry. It said emissions of sulfur dioxide _ the chemical that causes acid rain _ are rising…Ma's group launched a Web site this week called "China's Water Pollution Map." The site, www.ipe.org.cn/water, includes details from 30 of China's provinces and regions on water quality and chemical discharges, as well as a list of polluters...Chronic pollution and...industrial accidents have tainted most of China's rivers, lakes and canals. Some areas are suffering from critical water shortages.

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