Foreign Cos. Clean Up Chinese Industry – Elaine Kurtenbach

From AP via China Environmental News Digest:

China has budgeted some $162 billion for in 2006-2010. At the same time, its more than 600 big cities are belatedly tackling long-neglected sewage treatment and searching for ways to restore depleted aquifers and purify tainted rivers and lakes.

The country’s 27-year-old economic boom has left its waterways and coastlines severely polluted by industrial and farm chemicals and domestic sewage. Its countryside is littered with garbage and construction waste, and its cities suffocated by smog.

Having long failed to enforce its own environmental safeguards, China lacks the expertise to clean up its own mess. Contracts for such work often go to like Suez, which has a 50-year contract to provide water treatment and supplies for the industrial zone. [Full Text]

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