Thursday, December 15, 2011

China.Ningxia.Minimizing Formation and Releases of Unintentionally Produced Persistent Organic Pollutants Project

Ningxia Meili Paper Industry Co., Ltd, as one of the key papermaking enterprises included in the program of “Ningxia Strategic Research and Development Plan for Papermaking Industry Development, is an entity with the annual capacity of roducing 90,000 tonnes of bleached wheat straw pulp, 34,000 tonnes of deinked pulp and 30,000 tonnes of waste board pulp for self use, i.e., an annual production of 250,000 tonnes of various types of cultural paper, special paper and cardboard paper.

In recent years, with the promulgation of industry policies and pollutants emission standards for pulp and paper making industry, a number of problems have emerged from the existing units of the old plant: low efficiency of the system of wheat straw cooking process, high level of energy consumption and low ratio of production, low quality of pulp and low level of alkali recovery; some paper machine rooms, due to backward productivity, are to be phased out according to the “Guiding Catalogue For Structural Adjustment of Industry (2011); in addition, due to the failure of effective operation and the low efficiency of wastewater treatment, the final discharge of wastewater failed in meeting the “Discharge Standard of Water Pollutants for Paper Industry (GB3544-2008). To solve these problems, Meili Paper Industry is planning to adopt the strategy of “Old + New Project Construction", i.e., to implement a new project of extended delignification and ECF (element chlorine free) bleaching technologies for realizing the annual production of 68,000 tonnes of wheat straw pulp, which is a part of the major technology reform approved by NDRC“ Development Project of Chemical Delignification and ECF Bleaching Technologies for Wheat Straw Pulp Production"

In February 2009, the Project’s EIA Report was approved by the Environmental Protection Bureau of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region (NingHuanShenFa [2009] 12), but the construction has not been kicked off in the Industry Park of Meili Paper in Zhongwei City. In 2011, the Project was restarted in a new location in the former Plant of Ningxia Meili Paper Industry Co., Ltd, without demand for new land appropriation. As required by the “Environmental Protection Law of the People’s Republic of China", the “Environmental Impact Assessment Law of the People’s Republic of China" and the “Regulations on the Administration of Construction Project Environmental Protection", a new round of environmental impact assessment is necessary for certifying the environmental feasibility of the Project. Accordingly, the EIA task (see Annex I) was consigned by Meili Paper to the Light Industry Environmental Protection Research Institute (GuoHuanPing Certificate A 1028).

The Light Industry Environmental Protection Research Institute accepted the consignment and organized professionals to conduct on-site investigation and status quo monitoring and collect existing environmental protection records and supporting documents, based on which the assessment on environmental impacts was conducted according to the updated national demand and technical requirements, in addition to public participation and announcement, as a result, the compilation of “Ningxia Meili Paper Industry Co., Ltd EIA Report on the Project of Extended Delignification and ECF Bleaching Technologies Reform for the Annual Production of 68,000 Tonnes of Wheat Straw Pulp" was finished and submitted to the Environmental Protection Bureau of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region for examination and approval.

World Bank.Document Date 2011/09/01.Document Type Environmental Assessment.Report Number E2813