It was written and posted in the wall street journal on April 17, 2015 (Chen, 2015). The article covers the concepts of environmental justice and water pollution. It discusses the adverse effects that the people in China are experiencing due to pollution of water by industries. The article also discusses the proposed solutions for controlling the crisis of water pollution.
According to the article, China has planned to close down numerous small scale enterprises in order to clean up its water supply. The industries to be closed include dyeing plants, oil refineries, and pesticide producers. The plan that has been developed by the state council of China is intended to improve the water quality by the year 2020.This shows that there is political involvement in solving this environmental problem. The plan is expected to ensure that 93% of water in the river basins is safe for consumption (Chen, 2015). The article reports that the water discharged into the China Rivers leads to pollution of water and death of people and animals. Only 56% of Rivers have safe water, and over 60% of the groundwater has also been polluted (Chen, 2015). Pollution of the rivers by both industrial and agricultural activities has led to health problems among people in China. Moreover, it has led to water shortages in the northern part of the country.
The country intends to shut down small industries since they do not have the required facilities to clean up their factory discharge. Closing Down the smaller industries and leaving the large ones indicates that the large factories are prioritized and regarded to be more important that the smaller ones. The article also states that the smaller plants are easy to shut down. The program officer for the project said that the small industries will need a lot of funds and investments to implement the waste cleaning systems that are required. The report also noted that the shutdown exercise will lead to massive job loss, and thus