The Chinese environmental authority is to propose an action plan for prevention and treatment of soil pollution. This follows publication of an air pollution control action plan in September 2013 and a water pollution control action plan in April [2015]. Both of these set out achievement goals and key areas for action and the responsibilities of government, companies and society…Full Article: China Daily July 2015

Key Points

  • According the Deputy Director-General of the Department of Technology Standards at the Ministry of Environmental Protection, the soil pollution action plan will be made public during the latter half of 2015.
  • According to China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection, approximately 16.7% of the country’s land is polluted while 19.4% of its arable land is polluted.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In late 2013, China announced it would halt agricultural production on ~3.33 million hectares of land owing to soil pollution (e.g. heavy metals, pesticides, and additives).
  • According to a 2011 survey conducted by China’s Ministry of Agriculture, 67.8% of the sampled rice paddy land (or 107,200 hectares out of 182,133 ha) were contaminated with pollutants including cadmium, arsenic, nickel, copper, mercury and chromium. The survey took place in Hunan, Hubei, Jiangxi and Sichuan.
  • From 2006 to 2010, China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection and the Ministry of Land and Resources carried out a country wide soil pollution survey.

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