Multibillion-dollar plan to clean up Lake Tai in Wuxi

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Multibillion-dollar plan to clean up Lake Tai in Wuxi

Postby jwhahn » Tue Oct 30, 2007 11:22 am reports:

China has announced a multibillion-dollar plan to clean up a severely polluted lake where an algae bloom forced the suspension of water supplies to millions of people this summer.

The $14.5 billion plan to clean up Lake Tai, in a densely populated area northwest of Shanghai, should take five years, said a statement dated Friday and posted on a government Web site of the nearby city of Taizhou.

Lake Tai, in the hurisdiction of Wixi and Suzhou cities of Jiangsu Province, is one of a series of lakes where blooms of blue-green algae blamed on pollution have disrupted water supplies this year. Some types of the algae produce dangerous toxins.

The algae bloom on Lake Tai in June prompted the suspension of running water in and around the major city of Wuxi for six days, forcing as many as 5 million people to rely on bottled water.

The algae covered as much as one-third of the 930-square-mile lake, a popular tourist attraction that has become badly polluted as the Wuxi area became a center for manufacturing and high technology. Regulators responded by ordering the mass closure of chemical plants that dumped waste into the lake.
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Re: Multibillion-dollar plan to clean up Lake Tai in Wuxi

Postby starking73 » Wed Oct 31, 2007 2:45 am

The water pollution of Lake Tai is not a new problem but is a long lasting trouble starting many years ago. The new episode of the green algae breakout is just adding a content of the emergency. The chemical firms and other polluters around the lake would most likely be blamed.
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Re: Multibillion-dollar plan to clean up Lake Tai in Wuxi

Postby robg01 » Thu Nov 01, 2007 9:39 am

The local government has already drafted a protection plan for the Lake Taihu and its surrounding area to minimize damages caused by the severe water pollution of the lake. The plan is an 8 to 10-years comprehensive proposal and intends to divide the lake and its surroundings into three protection zones. The planned inner protected zone includes an area of five kilometers in radius along the lake shore and the total protected area would reach 1,382 square kilometers. The middle zone would include an area of 1,174 square kilometers and 2,232 for the outer zone .

In the protected zones there will be lots of reconstruction, shutdown, ban and relocation. The total expense and investment may reach $50 billions USD. As the lake pollution has been a long-time nightmare, the government is scheming to invite more international enterprises to join its ambitious plan.

Re: Multibillion-dollar plan to clean up Lake Tai in Wuxi

Postby ddup » Sat Nov 03, 2007 12:02 pm

more business chances and expats.

Re: Multibillion-dollar plan to clean up Lake Tai in Wuxi

Postby alegol » Sun Nov 11, 2007 8:39 am

These are great news for Wuxi! :D The pollution problem has been lasting for so long. There are many polluters surrounding the lake and they put their wastes into the lake. Some international expers have already pointed out years ago that the most efficient and simplest way to start is to reduce or block wastes from these polluters.

Re: Multibillion-dollar plan to clean up Lake Tai in Wuxi

Postby znsupafro » Fri Nov 16, 2007 5:47 am

The Jiangsu provincial environmental protection bureau recently issued a pollutant control quota regime for sewage treatment plants and major industrial factories around Lake Tai, which will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2008. This is the first major revamp of the pollutant control standards since the algae bloom in the lake.

The new regime mainly targets residential sewage and major plants around the lake, including textile and dying, chemical, paper making, steel, electroplating, and food processing. The control involves four quotas, respectively on COD (chemical oxygen demand), ammonia-nitrogen, overall nitrogen and phosphorus. It expects to cut the emissions of COD, ammonia-nitrogen and overall phosphorus by 34%, 66.7% and 50%, respectively, for the six major industries.
And this new standard will pose a tough challenge for lake-side factories. With it going into effect, about a third of existing firms in the lake-side region will have to shut down, or move.

Re: Multibillion-dollar plan to clean up Lake Tai in Wuxi

Postby ddup » Mon Dec 03, 2007 11:17 pm

I heard 777 chemical companies have been ordered by the government to shut down or relocate in the next year. More may be effected as well. These polluters includes manufacturers for paper-making, battery, chemicals.... Sure, some of them will find they are still welcome in some poor areas of middle or western provinces of the country and continue their pollutions. The only difference is in a changed land.

Re: Multibillion-dollar plan to clean up Lake Tai in Wuxi

Postby ChillWH » Sun Dec 09, 2007 2:18 pm

those polluters would have been pulished earier by the government authority but it did not do enough. this is one of the causes to be blamed.
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