The story appears on

Page A2

September 24, 2011

GET this page in PDF

Free for subscribers

View shopping cart

Related News

Home » Metro » Environment

More battery plants are shut

FOURTEEN of Shanghai's 17 lead-acid battery plants had been shut down by yesterday after inspections by the Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau, officials said.

Of the closed plants, some were found located too close to residential areas, while some had been discharging excessive levels of lead, said the bureau's Wei Huajun.

Wei said the bureau was also considering adjusting the future development and location of the city's lead-related industries.

"If the city government decides that such lead-related industries are not suitable to be developed in the city, the bureau will make new arrangements for all those companies even if they have reached requirements on standards for environmental protection," Wei said.

The closures came after 32 children in Kangqiao in the Pudong New Area had been detected with excess levels of lead in their blood. A total of 1,115 children had been checked.

Their high lead levels were directly caused by the Shanghai Johnson Controls International Battery Co in Kangqiao, which was located only one or two kilometers from a residential area, environmental health experts said.

It was one of the 14 plants closed.

The environmental watchdog said it would carry out strict inspections on the remaining three lead-related plants that are still in operation. Those plants that had been shut down will not be able to resume operations until they pass inspections.

Meanwhile, a database has been set up to manage the plants' operations, inform the public of their location in the city, what they discharge into the environment and any environmental impact they might have, the watchdog said.


Copyright © 1999- Shanghai Daily. All rights reserved.Preferably viewed with Internet Explorer 8 or newer browsers.

沪公网安备 31010602000204号

Email this to your friend