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  • Concern: Sludge has become the focus of the Two Sessions. According to the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, the central budget will be arranged to support the issue

    The problem of sludge has become the focus of the Two Sessions for two consecutive years. At the Two Sessions of this year, Hanfei Cheng, deputy to the National People's Congress and chief engineer of MCC Ecological Environmental Protection Group, submitted “Suggestions on Promoting the Effective Treatment and Disposal of Sludge from Urban Sewage Treatment Plants”. He suggested carrying out the evaluation of the effect of sludge treatment and disposal, formulating special plans and action plans for sludge treatment and disposal and providing policy support and funds to ensure the resource utilization of sludge.

    Coincidentally, China Environment Service Industry Association also submitted “Proposal on Improving the Environmental Protection Industry Influent and Sludge Disposal” at the Two Sessions of last year, suggesting to improve the construction of supporting mechanisms for sludge treatment and disposal, and introduce relevant policies to encourage enterprises to participate in the investment, construction and operation of sludge treatment and disposal facilities.

    Concerning the proposal of the China Environment Service Industry Association, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment replied that it will formulate and implement “Urban Sewage Treatment and Resource Utilization in the 14th Five Year Plan”, “Implementation Plan for Harmless and Resource Utilization of Sludge”, etc., focusing on solving the difficulties of sludge disposal and promoting the work related to harmless and resource utilization of sludge.

    The problem of sludge has become a "serious problem" of sewage treatment plants. Because the sludge problem has become a pain point of the sewage treatment plant, it also attracted the attention of the deputies of the Two Sessions.

    At the Two Sessions of this year, deputy to the National People's Congress, Hanfei Cheng, submitted “Suggestions on Promoting the Effective Treatment and Disposal of Sludge from Urban Sewage Treatment Plants” and put forward 3 suggestions:

    1.       Carry out evaluation of the effect of sludge treatment and disposal

    2.       Formulate special plans and action plans for sludge treatment and disposal

    3.       Policy support and fund guarantee for the resource utilization of sludge

    At the Two Sessions of last year, China Environment Service Industry Association also submitted “Proposal on Improving the Environmental Protection Industry Influent and Sludge Disposal”. The Ministry of Ecology and Environment also replied to the proposal of the China Environment Service Industry Association.

    The reply of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment could be summarized as:

    1.        Formulate and implement “Urban Sewage Treatment and Resource Utilization in the 14th Five Year Plan”, “Implementation Plan for Harmless and Resource Utilization of Sludge”

    2.       Arrange investment within the central budget to support the construction of sewage and sludge treatment projects

    3.       Improve the level of technical innovation and application

    4.       Strengthen supervision and inspection

    It could be inferred from the reply of the Ministry of Ecological Environment that (1) the national policy on sludge disposal has been formulated, and (2) the problem of funds has not been completely solved, but the supervision has been gradually implemented. Generally speaking, it shows a positive trend.  Great progress has been made compared with the past.

     

    Source: https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/7DBtdfJYy2i7EN04OePOUQ


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