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China Opens Public Consultation on First Batch of Hazardous Soil Substances List

The Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment has announced the commencement of a public consultation period for the "First Batch of Key Controlled Soil Toxic and Hazardous Substances List". This announcement was made through a formal letter dated September 8, 2023, which outlined the government's commitment to tackling soil pollution and soliciting input from various stakeholders.

The list, which comprises 18 hazardous substances known to pose significant risks to soil and environmental quality, includes well-known pollutants such as cadmium, chromium, mercury, lead, and arsenic, among others. These substances have been identified due to their potential harm to soil ecosystems and the broader environment. The Ministry's initiative aligns with the objectives laid out in the People's Republic of China Soil Pollution Prevention and Control Law, highlighting the nation's dedication to environmental protection.

The 18 substances listed for public consultation are as follows:

    (*) Cadmium and Cadmium Compounds
    (*) Chromium and Chromium Compounds
    (*) Mercury and Mercury Compounds
    (*) Lead and Lead Compounds
    (*) Arsenic and Arsenic Compounds
    (*) 1,1-Dichloroethylene
    (*) 1,2-Dichloropropane
    (*) 2,4-Dinitrotoluene
    (*) Benzene
    (*) Benzo[a]pyrene 
    (*) Benzo[b]fluoranthene 
    (*) Benzo[k]fluoranthene 
    (*) Dichloromethane
    (*) Toluene
    (*) Cyanides
    (*) Trichloromethane (Chloroform)
    (*) Trichloroethylene
    (*) Tetrachloroethylene

Government agencies, organizations, businesses, and individuals are invited to participate in the public consultation by providing their insights and recommendations regarding the proposed list. Feedback can be submitted in writing to the Ministry of Ecology and Environment's Soil Ecological Environment Department and the National Health Commission's Health and Immunization Department. The deadline for submitting comments is September 25, 2023.


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