Public Disapproval Suspends New Waste Incineration Project
The government of Nanjing's Liuhe District has to suspend the incineration project after widespread public disapproval. Image:chinaenvironment
Nanjing Liuhe District Government has put a suspension to a controversial waste incineration project under the pressure of public dispute.
Residents in Liuhe district, the location of the new waste incineration plant, held a demonstration to show their concern of the potential dioxin pollution. They urged the government to reconsider the location and redo the environmental assessment. Also they declared that the project had not gone through any public participation process, while the contractor, a subsidiary corporation of China Everbright International Limited, stated that they did acquire residents' opinion.
Currently there is only one incinerator in the district with a dispose capacity of 150 tons of household garbage each day, however with a fast development of the district, the amount of garbage has exceeded 380 tons per day, and it is predicted to reach 500 tons per day in three years, which goes beyond the capability of the existing incinerator, according to Zhang Guoru, deputy director of Liuhe Urban Management Bureau.
Although a new incinerator is in urgent need, the government of Nanjing's Liuhe District has to suspend the incineration project after widespread public protest. A scheduled public consultation on August 8 was subsequently canceled.