More than half China’s drug factories will have to improve their waste disposal or face shutdown under the first pollution standards for the industry to be unveiled this year, state media said on Wednesday.
China’s environmental watchdog has closed down or suspended 649 firms and given dozens of others a deadline to clean up their act, state media had said earlier, amid growing concern about pollution ahead of the 2008 Olympics. The State Environmental Protection Administration launched a two-month campaign in July to clean up the country’s heavily polluted rivers. Now it is targeting drug factories specifically. [Full Text]