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Zhejiang Province Starts Fight against Soil Pollution
2018-01-30 09:27:21

Recently, the "Zhejiang Province’s 2018 Work Plan for Soil Pollution Prevention and Control" (hereinafter referred to as the "Plan") designated a timetable for the battle against soil pollution. In 2018, the prevention and control of soil pollution in Zhejiang will focus on the thorough investigation of soil pollution status, taking the safe utilization of contaminated land and farmland as the core. By the end of this year the safe utilization of contaminated land in the province will reach no less than 91%.

At present, the province has successively carried out soil environmental quality investigation and a thorough investigation of soil pollution. In 2018 the basic information survey of key enterprises and environmental risk screening will be completed, the sampling survey list and layout plan will be basically determined, and the soil environmental monitoring network will be improved.

Improving the quality of the soil environment is a matter of great importance to people's sense of security and well-being. In 2018, starting from guarding the food safety for the people, Zhejiang province will designate soil quality categories of the permanent basic farmland demonstration areas, and, by the end of the year, determine their distribution and start the monitoring. For the contaminated land, relevant departments will implement coordinated supervision, environmental protection, planning and information sharing so as to implement evaluation and sharing of pollution remediation and restoration projects.

Prevention and control of soil pollution in Zhejiang province is concerned in many aspects like agricultural, industrial and domestic pollution control. In agriculture, relevant companies continue to reduce the amount of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, promote the application of fertilizer reduction and efficiency technologies and models in an all-round way, deepen the pollution control of livestock and poultry farming, improve the system of recycling pesticide waste packaging and discarded agricultural plastic sheets and strengthen the management of irrigation water quality. They continue to implement the "Heavy Metals Reduction Plan of Key Industries in Zhejiang Province (2017-2020)", enhance the supervision of the whole process of hazardous waste, promote the disposal capacity, carry out the dynamic resetting of hazardous waste discharged from overdue storage, promote the standardization of hazardous waste utilization and disposal industries, and build up the province's solid waste disposal supervision information system. They strengthen the domestic waste management, the development and implementation of the “urban waste classification implementation plan", deepen the classification of urban household waste, and look for solutions to the classifications in rural areas to battle against illegal landfill and reinforce field remediation as an annual mission.

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