China to ban water-polluting paper mills, oil refineries

BEIJING (REUTERS) - China will ban water-polluting industrial plants such as small paper mills, oil refineries and pesticide producers by the end of 2016, according to the government's water pollution action plan unveiled on Thursday.

The government will also implement by end-2020 progressive surcharges for excessive non-residential water use, the State Council, or the Cabinet, said in a statement posted on the central government website www.gov.cn.