Chapter 5 Soil Remediation: Still a Long Road Ahead

In: Chinese Research Perspectives on the Environment, Volume 9
Hongqiao Liu
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With the release of the Communique of the National Survey on the Status of Soil Pollution, soil remediation became a hot topic in 2014. However, severe pollution and a clear-cut stand taken by the central leadership did not turn the soil remediation market into a booming one. In fact, there are disagreements on the thinking regarding legislation; laws, regulations and policies are not explicit; no industrial and technical standards are available; financing modes are not diverse; it is difficult to guarantee funds for remediation; the technical route is unclear; as a result, the capital market becomes hesitant towards soil remediation. Meanwhile, the Changsha-Zhuzhou-Xiangtan pilot project in Hunan Province for the remediation and comprehensive treatment of the cultivated land polluted by heavy metals, as funded and initiated by the central finance, continues being carried out under the state-led “exploration” mode; its treatment plan is controversial. The romantic imagination about the prospect of soil remediation is still subject to the stark reality: there is an entanglement of multi-party interests.

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