China Raises Pollution Charges To Clean Up Lake – Chen Aizhu

From Reuters:

More than 1,000 chemical plants will be forced to close around the shores of China’s third-largest lake due to an increase in charges following an outbreak of algae bloom earlier this year.

In late May and early June, the giant Taihu Lake was covered in a thick foul-smelling canopy of green algae that left tap water undrinkable for more than 2.3 million residents of Wuxi and prompted a run on for days.

From next year, plants around the lake in the eastern province of Jiangsu will have to pay 10.5 ($1.4) for the discharge of each kilogram of COD, chemical oxygen demand, a measure for pollution, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Monday. [Full Text]

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