Pollution at Mainland Industrial Plants 10 Times to a Safe Limit, Study Finds

Published Date : Jan 15, 2014

The toxin levels are rising 10 times higher in certain industrial plants in most of the mainland regions. This is higher than the expected national or local standards of the industry, claimed a new report. 

Ma Jun the director of the Beijing-based Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs, praised many local governments for releasing real-time emission data including the ones in Shandong, Zhejiang, Hebei, and Beijing. 

But according to the major studies in the world, our environment has to undergo plenty of changes and cleanups as several industrial facilities that including iron, coal-fired power plants, cement factories, and steel mills have been releasing pollutants at up to 10 times the safe limits.

The industrial plants in Dongying (a coastal city in the Shandong region) have breached the 60 percent of emission standards for nitrogen oxide from October to mid-November. It is observed that short-term exposure to the toxin from flaming fossil fuels tends to irritate and cause severe respiratory problems in a human system.  

Furthermore, it was also observed that despite the local governments’ implemented emergency response measures to control the smog and pollution in the environment, emissions were still witnessed from several violators, said Ma. 

Nevertheless, many of the provinces promised to end the production on heavily polluted days, for instance, the aluminum smelter located in Liaocheng, Shandong, emitted nitrogen oxide at 8.6 times the standard levels. Its air pollution levels had reached hazardous levels. 

Certain emissions from Zhejiang factories were seen breaching the limits when the Pearl River Delta was covered in exceptional smog condition in the last month. 

Ma said these types of real-time pollution figures on such higher scales are highly unlikely and uncommon even in the most developed countries.  

According to Professor Song Guojun – Beijing-based Renmin University, the air pollution data gathered by the local monitoring stations was not accurate or complete. This only meant that the original pollution levels could be even worse than reported.

Nevertheless, to monitor and bring things under control, the Shandong authorities have adopted severe standards for steel factories and power plants.