Billions needed to get on top of POPs problem in China

Zhuang Guotai, deputy director of the Stockholm Convention Implementation Office under the State Environment Protection Administration, said on Wednesday that in order to fulfil the already-drafted implementation plan, China will have to spend at least 34 billion yuan (US$4.25 billion) within the next decade.

Zhuang said the number was just a "rough" figure and does not include the money needed to treat land that has been polluted by POPs (persistent organic pollutants).

Zhuang revealed that the draft plan will be submitted for approval by the State Council next month, and nationwide co-ordination work for its implementation has already kicked off.

China joined the Convention in 2001 and it began to be effective in 2004 after the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress approved it.

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