China releases new action plan to tackle soil pollution

Reuters News
Posted: May 31, 2016 5:32 AM

BEIJING (Reuters) - China aims to curb worsening soil pollution by 2020 and stabilize and improve soil quality by 2030, the cabinet said in an action plan published on Tuesday.

The government will continue to eliminate outdated capacity in heavy metal sectors, the cabinet said in a statement on its website (

Last year, the environment minister said 16.1 percent of China's soil exceeded state pollution limits, but treatment costs for heavy metal or chemical contamination are high, and China has struggled to attract private capital.

(Reporting by Beijing Monitoring Desk; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)