Nearly half of China’s chemical plants endanger environment

Forty-five percent of China's chemical and petro-chemical plants pose major environmental risks, said China's State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA) on Tuesday.

An investigation by SEPA shows that 81% of China’s 7,555 chemical and petro-chemical plants are located along rivers or in densely populated areas.

SEPA’s deputy director Pan Yue said that most of the plants are located in environmentally sensitive areas and have no effective mechanism to prevent pollution. He added that this accounts for the soaring number of incidents of water pollution since last year.

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