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China Minmetals to upgrade smelters in Hunan
    2017-August-22  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

CHINA Minmetals Corp. plans to invest 10 billion yuan (US$1.50 billion) to upgrade its copper, lead and zinc smelting facilities in Hunan Province, a spokesman confirmed yesterday, after a recent rebuke from the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP).

The company will invest in new smelting technology starting this month that eliminates the discharge of industrial wastewater, Huasheng Online, a website run by the provincial government of Hunan, reported Friday, citing Huang Guoping, chairman of China Minmetals Nonferrous Metals Co.

The company will invest in facilities in the Shuikoushan area, in the south of Hunan, Huasheng reported.

The pledge comes after MEP inspectors found that riverside zinc smelters belonging to local China Minmetals unit Hunan Shuikoushan Nonferrous Metals Group Co. were causing direct pollution to the environment.

In a statement last month, the MEP accused nonferrous metals producers in Hunan, most of them China Minmetals subsidiaries, of being “big corporate bullies” that had failed to address a series of environmental violations.

A China Academy of Sciences survey published in 2015 said 10 million hectares of China’s arable land is contaminated with heavy metals, mostly in big metal producing regions like Hunan, Jiangxi, Yunnan and Sichuan.

The problems have arisen as a result of abandoned mines and smelting plants, with scientists estimating that 100,000 firms have relocated since 2001 and left behind huge amounts of dangerous waste. (SD-Agencies)

 

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