two local farmers who simply buried it and caused severe environmental degra
dation, according to a local court verdict reached in January of 2017. The company w
as fined 1 million yuan ($148,850), and two senior executives were given suspended jail terms.
In July 2017, a local environmental watchdog fined the company 280,000 yuan for va
rious violations including misconduct in hazardous waste management.
Hazardous waste could potentially be radioactive, toxic, highly corrosive or otherwise ha
rmful to people and the environment. Therefore, these materials require special treatment.
At a news conference in late March, Qiu Qiwen, head of the sol
id waste and chemicals management department of the Mini
stry of Ecology and Environment, said that the proper treatment of hazardous waste and other solid
waste is of great significance as it’s fundamental to improving air, water and soil quality.
Qiu’s department was newly established in the ministry’s latest institutional reshuffle in the second h
alf of last year — a move meant to strengthen governance over hazardous waste treatment.
ard the bilateral collaboration and joint research on protection and conservation of endangered species of wildlife and biodiversity,” he said.
Erica Kohler, director of operations of the San Diego Zoo, told Xinhua it
is sad to see the two pandas leaving for China. However, it is also a time to celebrate the successful coll
aboration with China on the joint research of panda breeding and wild life protection.
Dubbing the pandas “the friendship ambassadors” from China, she said Bai Yun and Xiao Liwu attracted about 2 million visitors to the zoo each year.
As the first panda on loan, Bai Yun, arrived at the San Diego Zoo in 1996. The cuddly panda soon became an iconic imag
e of the zoo and one of the most popular animals. The name of her son, Xiao Liwu, means Little Gift in English.
Gaylene Thomas, animal care supervisor of the San Diego Zoo, told Xi
nhua that they learned a lot from the giant pandas and gathered data from them.
Thomas said as a great mother of six baby pandas, Bai Yun has a very good character, is very easy-going.
will be significant demand for top-quality goods and services,” he told China Daily.
Noting that many European companies are renowned for their innovation and reliability, Bagnasco said that “there shou
ld be plenty of business to be done” in Xiongan. In June, Mats Harborn, chamber president, paid a visit to Xiongan and wa
s received by Chen Gang, vice-governor of Hebei province and director of Xiongan’s management committee.
Chen said he hopes the chamber will take an active role in such areas as green developm
ent, intelligent technologies and innovation in Xiongan, an official news release from the new area said.
“The EU Chamber of Commerce in China has been building relationships in Xiongan for some time now, and the me
eting in June was just one part of that,” Bagnasco said, adding that the meeting was a good opportunity to furt
her develop relationships and deal with more concrete matters, such as specific investment mechanisms.