On January 7, the reporter learned from the Office of Sub-district Clean Soil Action Sub-Headquarters that a few days ago, the first batch of 20 enterprises in Binhai New Area, including Tianjin Branch of China Petrochemical Co., Ltd., Dagang Oilfield Branch of China National Petroleum Corporation Co., Ltd., CNOOC Environmental Protection Service (Tianjin) Co., Ltd. , Tianjin Dagu Chemical Co., Ltd., etc. signed a letter of responsibility for prevention and control of soil pollution with Binhai New Area Government. The Soil and Pollution Prevention and Response Responsibility Lists clarify the main responsibility of enterprises for soil pollution prevention and control and require enterprises to conduct annual soil and groundwater monitoring on their own sites and make them available to the public. This is yet another important move by Binhai New Area to clean up the soil.
Strict control over soil pollution in Binhai New Area
According to the relevant person in charge of the Office of Clean Soil Action Sub-headquarters, the Work Program for Soil Pollution Prevention and Control in Binhai New Area clearly states that we need to master the distribution of polluted plots in key industries and land use in Binhai New Area and its environmental risks by 2020. The signing of the Soil and Pollution Prevention and Response Responsibility Lists has a positive impetus to grasping the distribution of the contaminated plots and their environmental risks in key enterprises in Binhai New Area, to strictly controlling soil pollution in Binhai New Area and to strengthening the supervision of the pollution sources in Binhai New Area.
A total of 20 enterprises in Binhai New Area are included in Tianjin's soil and environment supervision, ranking the first among districts and counties in Tianjin Municipality. The Soil and Pollution Prevention and Response Responsibility Lists clearly states the responsibility of enterprises for soil pollution prevention and control, requires enterprises to conduct annual soil and groundwater monitoring of their own land, and requires enterprises to expose information to the public. The Soil and Pollution Prevention and Response Responsibility Lists will refine the responsibility of corporate pollution prevention targets, which is not only conducive to the effective implementation of enterprises, but is also beneficial for the government assessment landing – it can be regarded as the 10 Soil Measures for enterprises in Binhai New Area. The Soil and Pollution Prevention and Response Responsibility Lists will carry out the contents of responsibility one by one in time by 2018. The Binhai New Area Government will also conduct a performance assessment of the completion of the enterprises' goasl of soil environmental protection and pollution prevention and control.
The reporter saw that the Soil and Pollution Prevention and Response Responsibility Lists clarifies that by 2020, the safe utilization of contaminated plots in production enterprises will reach 100%, and enterprises must conduct soil and groundwater environment monitoring every year to their own land, and in accordance with relevant requirements of environmental information, they must disclose indicators, monitoring concentration and analysis reports to the public, as well as construction and operation of pollution prevention and control facilities and so on. Enterprises must adhere to relevant documents requirements by the National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Industry and Information, to strictly control heavy metal pollutant emission standards and to implement the Implementation Program for Cleaner Production Technology in Key Heavy Metal Industrial Sectors. The government encourages enterprises to carry out research on prevention and control technologies of soil pollution, introduces and popularizes feasible soil pollution prevention and control technologies, and explores suitable technologies that are easy to popularize, low in cost and good in effect. The government will assess the completion of enterprises' soil environmental protection and pollution prevention and control targets. Units that fail to make annual assessments or fail to pass the assessment will be ordered to rectify within a prescribed time limit. It will carry out the implementation of soil pollution control and restoration of the responsibility system for life, and even for those who have been transferred, promoted or retired, they are also accountable.
Soil cleaning activities continue to move forward.
It is claimed that since the operation of soil cleaning campaign in Binhai New Area in March 2017, all the work is continuing to be promoted. The Binhai New Area Government formulated and promulgated the Work Program for Soil Pollution Prevention and Control in Binhai New Area; it established the "beautiful Binhai No. 1 Clean Soil Action Sub-Command"; it prepared and implemented the Soil Pollution Control and Rehabilitation Plan in Binhai New Area; it delineated detailed investigation units of soil pollution status of agricultural land, and verified, adjusted and supplemented more than 300 points of detailed investigation of agricultural land; it carried out remote sensing of the spatial location of key enterprises in soil pollution verification work; 100 enterprises in Binhai New Area were selected to carry out pilot investigations; it screened and issued a list of key regulatory enterprises for soil prevention in Binhai New Area (the first batch), and signed the target letter of responsibility one by one.
Binhai New Area has also enabled the "National Contaminated Soil Environmental Management Information System" to realize the information sharing and joint supervision of environmental protection, land, agriculture, industry and other departments. It is necessary to carry out site environmental surveys on suspected contaminated land and disclose the suspected contaminated land block list, the list of contaminated land and the negative list of contaminated land that is prohibited for development and utilization.
Next, Binhai New Area will continue to follow the requirements of the Work Program for Soil Pollution Prevention and Control in Binhai New Area and the division of responsibilities of the "Beautiful Tianjin No. 1 Project", implement various tasks, improve the monitoring network, increase law enforcement inspections over construction land and unlicensed land and continue to promote clean soil work steadily forward.