Pollutants in Tengger Desert

On the morning of November 29, Liu Youbin, spokesman of the Ministry of ecology and environment, responding to the pollution problem at the edge of Tengger Desert, Zhongwei, Ningxia, said at a regular press conference that as of 18:00 on November 25, 129264 tons of bags of pollutants had been cleared on the site. Of the 14 contaminated plots, 11 had been preliminarily cleared, 93.2% of the total amount of clean-up had been completed. At the same time, the investigation scheme of groundwater monitoring has been determined on the site, groundwater monitoring logging is under construction, and groundwater sampling monitoring analysis is carried out.
Since October this year, the Tengger desert has again exposed the incident of “desert pollution discharge”. On November 8, the media reported the incident; on November 9, the working group of the Ministry of ecological environment and the working group of Ningxia ecological environment department arrived and rushed to the scene overnight; on November 10, the ecological environment bureau of Zhongwei City filed a case investigation on Ningxia Meili Paper Group environmental protection and energy saving limited company suspected of environmental violations.
Liu Youbin said that after the preliminary investigation, on November 13, the Ministry of environment had carried out the Listing Supervision on the ecological environment pollution in Zhongwei city. After the Listing Supervision, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region attached great importance to it, and relevant leading comrades had rushed to the scene for investigation and disposal.
In order to eliminate the hidden dangers of environmental safety as soon as possible, Liu Youbin said that the Ministry of environment has instructed the Department of ecological environment of Ningxia Autonomous Region to urge the Zhongwei municipal government to continue to do the following work:
First, we will continue to clean up the pollutants on the site in a scientific way, accelerate the identification of soil pollution attributes, and formulate measures for soil pollution disposal, soil risk management and remediation;
Second, we need to conduct a comprehensive investigation and serious treatment, investigate the responsibilities of relevant responsible persons in accordance with the law and discipline, disclose the relevant information to the public, and carry out the work of compensation for ecological environment damage in accordance with the law and regulations;
Third, we should draw inferences from one instance to identify hidden dangers, carry out a major investigation of environmental pollution in the Tengger Desert and surrounding areas, resolutely crack down on environmental violations in accordance with the law, and ensure the safety of the ecological environment.