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Plants to trade in pollutant quotas

A POLLUTANT discharge quota exchange platform is to be established in Shanghai next year to control emissions and trade in surplus quotas, the city's environmental protection authority has said.

Next year, the environment watchdog will issue permits to industrial plants to regulate the type of pollutant, the maximum amount allowed and how it is discharged.

The permit system and quota exchange platform will be in line with a national rule on pollutant discharge permit management, which is to be introduced soon, and also be based on previous trials in the city, according to officials.

The Ministry of Environmental Protection said the national launch of a pollutant discharge permit scheme is aimed at protecting public health and the environment.

Many provinces and municipalities including Shanghai were allowed to launch pollutant discharge permit programs in the 1990s, but China needs a national rule to regulate the practice and tighten pollution administration, the ministry said. Pollutants include wastewater, waste gases, noise and solid waste.

Businesses without a permit can't discharge pollutants at all, according to the draft of the national rule.

Plants can't discharge more pollutants than allowed in their permit and the government is encouraging plants to reduce emissions through clean production and renovated technology. The surplus quota can be stored by the plant itself for further use but can also be traded while being in line with the regional total pollutant discharge control, said the draft.

Discharging pollutants without a permit will attract penalties of up to 1 million yuan (US$157,085) and those causing serious environmental pollution can be fined an extra daily penalty of up to 20,000 yuan or have the relevant equipment sealed or confiscated.

Those plants which discharge pollutants outside their permitted allowance will face fines of up to 500,000 yuan or have their permits canceled.

Liu Dailing from the Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau said yesterday that Shanghai issued pollutant permits on a trial basis in 2002.

Trials of trading in surplus quota were launched in the 1980s and have been used to trade wastewater discharges into the Huangpu River.

"The bureau will promote the permit policy and the platform in accordance with the national rule," Liu said. "Prices for pollutant quota, industrial policies and the market rule will also be worked out."


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