Posted December 19, 2018 08:48:03Environmental Protection Industries China, the world’s largest producer of toxic industrial chemicals, will be banned from producing more than 1,000 tonnes of toxic chemicals a year, the country’s central government announced Thursday.
Environmental Protection Bureau head Zhou Jinhui, speaking at a press conference, said the ban on all the chemicals was necessary to prevent more people from becoming exposed to toxic air and water.
He also announced that he will work with other officials to develop a plan to deal with air pollution.
More than 70 percent of China’s pollution comes from its coal-fired power plants, where workers inhale large amounts of mercury and arsenic.
The new rules will apply to the manufacturing of all chemicals produced from coal, natural gas, oil and petroleum, including sulfuric acid and sulfuric anhydride, the ministry said in a statement.
China’s coal-burning power plants produce up to 70 percent to 80 percent of the countrys annual pollution, according to the government.
China is home to the world, second-largest coal-producing nation in the world.
Environmental protection agencies in China have long warned that the country is facing an alarming number of air and air-quality-related deaths.
China has the world largest toxic air pollutants in terms of the amount of chemicals released into the air, according the World Health Organization.
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