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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Environment authority praises 6 companies

Shanghai Daily Home

CHINA'S environment watchdog has recently named six more corporations as environmentally-friendly state-level companies, including Shanghai General Motors.

Dow Chemical (Zhangjiagang) Co, Changzhou Toshiba Transformer Co, Golden Dragon Refractory Co, Huanxiling Oil Production Plant under PetroChina and Yizheng Shuanghuan Piston Ring Co, are also listed as environmentally-friendly companies, the Environmental Protection Administration said on its Website yesterday.

The administration has honored 38 companies with this title.

An official of the administration said the six companies insisted on adopting new industrialization methods and followed environment protection rules.

They play a leading role in controlling energy-consumption in their sectors in China, the official said.

These companies keep cutting the discharge of pollutants ahead of the country's standard, the official said. Their equipment and methods are fully primed to prevent emergency spills and accidents.

Last month, a government blacklist revealed 33 multinationals in China, including four of the world's top 500 companies´╝î that have broken the country's water pollution laws in the past three years.

The list includes Nestle Sources Shanghai Ltd, whose parent is Switzerland's Nestle AG, the world's biggest food and beverage company. The drinking water company began assembly in Shanghai last May, but its environmental protection facilities hadn't been officially cleared by authorities.

Pepsico, ranking 104 on this year's Forbes 2000 list, was accused of discharging wastewater containing illegal levels of pollutants at a plant in Changchun, in Jilin Province, according to the list.

Panasonic and 3M are the other two top-500 companies on the blacklist.

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