法律不会给污染亮绿灯
Law gives no green light to pollution - Opinion
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2019-12-15 22:29
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A China Central Television report exposed the polluting practices of the gold mining industry in Songxian county, Central China's Henan province, which has been discharging waste water directly into the Yihe River, a branch of the Yellow River. Beijing News comments:

新京报:中国中央电视台的报道揭露了中国中部河南省松县金矿工业的污染行为,该公司一直将废水直接排入黄河的支流沂河。

The pollution of the river is so serious that it has turned the Yihe River into a lifeless drainage ditch that flows into the nation's mother river.

严重的污染流入沂河,致使我们的母亲和沂河成为一条没有生气的排水沟。

The water and soil contamination is highly toxic as it is mainly residual cyanide, a highly dangerous chemical that is used in extracting and cleaning gold, and often found in the wastes of the gold mining industry.

水和土壤污染北剧毒物污染,主要是残留的氰化物,一种用于提取和清洗黄金的高度危险的化学物质,经常在金矿工业的废料中发现。

All the laws and rules customized for the treatment of such hazardous industrial wastes seem to exist only in name in the county, and local residents' complaints have all fallen on the deaf ears of the supervisory departments.

为处理这类危险工业废物而制定的所有法律和规章似乎都只是说说而已,当地居民的投诉都被监察部门当作耳边风。

Worse, the mining factories in the county are located near the Luhun Reservoir, a source of drinking water for neighboring Luoyang city, home to 6.8 million people.

更糟糕的是,该县的采矿工厂位于陆浑水库附近,该水库是邻省洛阳市的饮用水来源,洛阳市有680万人口。

These factories have their acid fog absorbing towers, and sewage treatment works, and other standard configurations stipulated by the law. But media reports indicate these facilities have been left unused for a long time, allegedly for the purpose of reducing production costs, and all environmental influence assessment reports-which are a must before the authority gives the green light for their operation-issued by local environmental protection bureaus for these factories show they have the ability to make sure their discharges meet the requirements of relevant national standards.

这些工厂有酸雾吸收塔、污水处理厂和其他法律规定的标准配置。媒体报道称,这些工厂长期处于闲置状态,据称是为了降低生产成本,所有由当地环保局发布的环境影响评估报告(这些报告是当局批准这些工厂运营之前必须要做的)都表明,它们有能力确保其排放达到相关国家标准的要求。

Records also show that these factories have received fines, but these have been so low as to be just symbolic.

记录还显示,这些工厂收到了处罚金,但罚款数额低到只是象征性的。

All the aforementioned signs indicate the law enforcers and environmental protection watchdogs in the county have taken the wrong side when making their choice between protecting the environment and protecting the polluters.

上述迹象表明,该县的执法者和环保监督员在保护环境和污染者的保护伞之间做出了错误的选择。

It seems the local government, which has not yet responded to the media report, still excludes the environmental costs from its calculations of local economic growth.

当地政府似乎还没有对媒体的报道做出回应,仍然将环境成本排除在当地经济增长的计算之外。

A thorough investigation is needed. Anyone who gave a green light to the pollution should have to pay a high price for it.

需要对此进行彻底的调查。任何给污染开绿灯的人都应该为此付出高昂的代价。

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