The northeastern province of Jilin will invest 8.8 billion yuan (about US$1
billion) in the next five years to control pollution in the Songhua
River, which flows into the Sino-Russian border river.
The money will be used to build 38 urban sewage treatment
projects, 29 urban garbage disposal facilities, and 22 projects
targeting industrial pollution and boosting clean production in the
river valley. The investment will also cover nine projects designed
to protect drinking water sources and four other environmental
projects in the river valley, according to the local
The 1,900-km-long Songhua River originates in Jilin Province and
irrigates an area of 545,600 sq km in northeast China. It flows
into the Heilong River, known as the Amur River to Russians, which
runs along the Sino-Russian border.
There have been frequent reports of pollution in the river and
its tributaries in recent months.
Ten tons of toxic chemicals were dumped into Songhua's tributary
Mangniu River in Jilin by two truck drivers from Changbaishan
Jingxi Chemical Company in August this year.
Last November, about 100 tons of polluted waste containing
benzene spilled into the Songhua River after a chemical plant
explosion in Jilin. The incident forced cities along the river,
including Harbin, to temporarily cut water supplies to 3.8 million
(Xinhua News Agency November 3, 2006)