Co-Host Qingdao Punishes Polluters Ahead of Next
Year's Sailing Events
Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- Eight companies were
blacklisted for causing excessive pollution in
east China's Qingdao as the coastal city works
to ensure water quality for the Olympic sailing
events next year.
The eight food, chemical and
textile factories dumped wastewater containing
excessive levels of pollutants, polluting the
city's coastal water, according to the Qingdao
The plants have been given three
months to improve their waste treatment facilities.
"If their wastewater still
does not meet the required standards by the deadline,
they will be fined and their sewage discharge
licenses will be revoked," said Niu Yue,
an official in charge of sewage discharge in Qingdao
The city's environmental protection
and sewage management officials will strengthen
surveillance on all polluting companies in the
city, said Niu.
Up to 400 athletes and 270 sailboats
are expected to compete in nine classes at the
2008 Olympics sailing events in Qingdao .
The construction of the Qingdao
Olympic Sailing center was completed in June 2006.
The center has since hosted several test competitions.
In one of those competitions, Elise Rechichi,
an Australian 2008 Olympic 470 representative,
took 10 months to recover from severe gastric
trauma after she fell into the water at Qingdao
and swallowed a mouthful of water.
In late November, the city began
to divert a total of 160 million cubic meters
of water from the Yellow River , almost equal
to the annual consumption of the city's urban
areas. The water will be saved for domestic and
industrial use and will alleviate water supply
pressures on Qingdao during the 2008 Olympics.