Action plan targets soil pollution

China released its third national action plan to curb pollution, this time targeting soil deterioration. The Soil 10 Action Plan is expected to be available in English mid-June.

The first two action plans focused on air pollution (2013) and water pollution (2015).

The new action plan requires that 90 percent of contaminated farmland be made safe by 2020, with an increase to 95 percent by 2030. The plan consist of 231 detailed measures dealing with monitoring, pollution prevention and remediation to be used in drafting laws and regulations.

As with the requirements laid down in the previous action plans against water and air pollution, the State Council specified which ministry should take the lead and which should participate in specific efforts on behalf of the nation’s soil. It also set incremental deadlines.

China has seen soil quality deteriorate over a vast region, which has affected the human health, agricultural product safety and the environment. The battle against soil pollution has been difficult, hindered by such things as a lack of basic data and loose supervision. The new action plan is carefully crafted with such factors in mind, the ministry said.

Like the previous action plans, the national campaign is expected to control pollution efficiently and also fuel economic growth.

It is estimated the action plan could add 2.7 trillion yuan ($411 billion) to the nation’s GDP and create around 2 million jobs, the ministry said.

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Source: China Daily