China takes action on rogue chemical plants risking damage to ozone layer
Rogue chemical plants have been targeted in a Chinese government crackdown on the discharge of illegal gases.
The authorities are believed to have launched a nationwide operation after it was revealed large amounts of ozone-depleting gases were being released in north-eastern China. The action includes arrests and the closure of at least two illicit facilities producing banned chemical CFC-11, used in the production of expanding foams for the building and insulation industries.
"The government has followed up on the companies we identified in 2018," said Clare Perry, of EIA International, the organisation which raised the alarm. "It has undertaken a nationwide enforcement effort, including raising the penalties for using CFC-11."
It was confirmed yesterday by scientists reporting in the journal 'Nature' that industries in north-eastern China have spewed large quantities of CFC-11 into the atmosphere in violation of an international treaty.