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China Commits Millions to New Soil Pollution, Wastewater Funds

July 8, 2019, 10:30 PM

China’s Ministry of Finance set up two special funds that tackle long-standing soil pollution and wastewater treatment challenges, which some government officials argue are more intractable than the country’s problems with air pollution.

The special soil pollution fund, announced July 4, devotes 5 billion yuan ($727 million) to soil pollution prevention, control, and remediation projects nationwide.

But a critic says that amount is a tiny fraction of what’s needed to clean up soil pollution problems.

The top three provinces receiving the soil pollution funds include Yunnan (708 million yuan), Hunan (575 million yuan), and Guizhou

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