Pollution Control

Faced with high levels of non-compliance, a state-level pollution board in India has come up with a novel way to get polluters to pay attention to environmental regulations. The Odisha State Pollution Control Board (OSPCB) has decided to keep bank guarantee from industries to put pressure on them to comply.
Despite intense efforts by the government to get a grip on China’s stifling pollution problem, the Ministry of Environment said on Tuesday that the country’s high-polluting industries continued their fast-track growth last year.
Read Full Story Despite its on-going political clamor about how the “war” against pollution is a national priority, the Chinese government doesn’t seem to be putting its money where its mouth is.
It is a truism that, when it comes to environmental protection, China doesn’t lack good laws but rather the ability (or political will) to enforce them. That, however, may now be challenged as teams of government inspectors have been dispatched in response to the worst air pollution outbreak so far this year.
The Asian Development Bank and China’s Environmental Protection Ministry the will deepen co-operation in seven areas that include efforts to prevent pollution of the air, water and land, according to a Memorandum of Understanding signed on Wednesday.
China water pollution from industrial discharge (Greenpeace)
October 15, 2013
Chinese companies' are more conniving than ever as the government looks to step up its crackdown on polluters who violate China’s environmental laws and regulations, according to a senior official with the Environmental Protection Ministry. Illegal polluters are now using a number of ploys to avoid detection, which include rigging automated pollution-monitoring systems to fudge data, discharging pollution through secret underground pipes and dumping toxic waste into rivers in the dead of night.
Tibet has vowed to put environmental protection first to protect the world's last "pure land", by banning projects with high energy consumption, pollution and emissions whilst mineral resource development will undergo environmental assessment procedures.
China Arsenic
A new study suggests that nearly 20 million Chinese could be exposed to arsenic-contaminated water. Using geological data, scientists have projected the areas most likely to be at risk of groundwater contamination of naturally occurring arsenic, as well as man-made sources. Published in Science, the paper's writers pointed out that while the risk from arsenic contamination first became an issue in China in the 1960s, such is the size of the country that properly testing over 10 million wells remained unfeasible.
India's National Green Tribunal is cracking its whip again, this time telling the pollution control board it has two weeks to prepare a list of polluting industries in the New Okhla Industrial Development Authority (Noida) so it can fine them.
China has issued environmental protection guidelines for the country’s companies to follow when investing overseas, calling on them to pay more attention to pollution and its impact on local communities.