Asia’s largest titanium dioxide enterprise is trapped in environmental protection

“Longmangbaili (002601. SZ), located in the east of the village, has been landfilling industrial solid waste in the gullies near several surrounding villages for many years. It is also suspected of discharging sewage into the nearby Dasha River and stacking solid waste in the riverbed, seriously damaging the local ecological environment and affecting the normal life of villagers.” On December 9, a villager in Hekou village, Longxiang sub district office, zhongzhan District, Jiaozuo City, Henan Province, told China business daily with an angry face. < p > < p > located in the western industrial cluster of Jiaozuo, Henan Province, longmangbaili is a large inorganic fine chemical group, which is mainly engaged in the production and sales of titanium dioxide, sponge titanium, zirconium products and sulfuric acid, and is the largest titanium dioxide enterprise in Asia. For many years, the company’s industrial solid waste landfill in Hekou village, Liuzhuang village, Sihou village and other nearby. Due to the proximity to the village, local villagers questioned the environmental protection and safety of the project. < / P > < p > for the above questions, people from dragon Python Bailey did not respond to the reporter. They said that the interview could be conducted with the local government propaganda department, but the company did not reply. < / P > < p > “as the largest enterprise in the city, longmang Baili is absolutely up to the standard in environmental protection, and there will be no violations.” People from the ecological environment bureau of zhongzhan District told reporters that the industrial solid waste “yellow mud” has complete procedures, and the wastewater has been discharged to the pollution treatment plant of zhongzhan district since 2012, with online monitoring. However, as of press release, the person did not provide the environmental impact assessment and other regulatory documents of the Dragon Python Bailey project to the reporter. < / P > < p > the Dashahe River, which originates in the deep Taihang Mountains, is known as the “Mother River” of Jiaozuo and passes through the west side of Hekou village. Villagers told reporters that for many years, dragon Python Bailey was suspected of discharging wastewater into Hanoi. < / P > < p > the villagers of Hekou village told the reporters that longmangbaili is close to the east of the village, and it landfills and discharges a lot of industrial wastes and wastewater every day, which may lead to the pollution of soil and groundwater in the village. There used to be a gully hundreds of meters deep on the east side, but now it has been filled with industrial waste. < / P > < p > the Dashahe River, which originates in the deep Taihang Mountains, is known as the “Mother River” of Jiaozuo and passes through the west side of Hekou village. Villagers told reporters that for many years, dragon Python Bailey was suspected of discharging wastewater into Hanoi. < / P > < p > when the reporter found the sewage outlet of longmang Baili to Dasha River referred to by the villagers, there was still suspected wastewater discharged from the outlet. At the same time, the man-made ditch extends to the Dashahe River, where a layer of yellowish brown unidentified objects are deposited. < / P > < p > a person from the ecological environment bureau of zhongzhan District told the reporter that the sewage outlet was used by longmangbaili before. After the sewage treatment plant was built in 2012, the enterprise has sealed the sewage outlet. < / P > < p > a person in the titanium dioxide industry told the reporter that the unknown objects in the above-mentioned ditch were yellowish brown, which may be caused by iron ions in the titanium dioxide wastewater. It is reported that wastewater from titanium dioxide production will contain sulfate and ferrous sulfate. < p > < p > the reporter learned that there is only one titanium dioxide company, longmangbaili, near Dashahe, whose capacity is mainly to produce titanium dioxide by sulfuric acid process. As we all know, sulfuric acid process has the risk of environmental pollution and high treatment cost, which is also an important reason for the development of chlorination process in longmang Baili in recent years. < / P > < p > in addition, the villagers of Hekou village told reporters that because the valley was filled with solid waste, some enterprises began to dump industrial waste into the river bed. The reporter saw at the scene that on the broad river bed, not far from the sewage outlet, there are yellow mounds, and yellow brown waste water can still be seen beside the mounds. < / P > < p > according to the villagers of Liuzhuang village, there is dragon Python Baili on the mountain. The reporter saw a truck truck at the top of the mountain, suspected of dumping solid waste into the valley, accompanied by white smoke. < / P > < p > according to local villagers, the area from the south of the village to the foot of the mountain has been buried and covered with loess. Now we are going to landfill in the gully on the north side of the village. During the reporter’s investigation, we saw trucks full of industrial solid waste driving north through the village. < / P > < p > at the same time, there is also a buried gully on the south side of Sihou village, which has been reclaimed according to the policy. However, the reporter found at the top of the mountain above the gully that the industrial solid waste was still buried above, with weeds, and yellow brown industrial solid waste and a small amount of waste water could be seen. < / P > < p > as for the above-mentioned problems reflected by the villagers, such as longmang Baili’s suspected of illegal sewage discharge and solid waste landfill, the reporter asked the ecological environment bureau of zhongzhan district to confirm whether the relevant EIA procedures and other documents of the company could be provided. People from the Department told reporters that due to the business trip of the colleagues in the management material room, the key of the EIA procedures of longmang Bailey was taken away, and it took four days to come back. When the colleagues came back, they would provide the key. < / P > < p > in addition, the reporter suggested to the person that he should lead the people from the ecological environment bureau to check the Dashahe sewage outlet reflected by the villagers. It said “no need” and said “we all know the place, we will check it by ourselves, and we will reply together at that time.” However, as of press release, the Department has not made any further response to the reporter or provided relevant EIA documents. < / P > < p > if the EIA procedures of dragon Python Bailey are complete, why can’t they come out? People from the Publicity Department of zhongzhan District told reporters that the Environmental Protection Bureau and enterprises did not provide EIA materials, because there was too much pressure for fear of further problems. < / P > < p > according to the public information, in 2017 and 2019, the local media reported the problem of longmangbaili’s suspected discharge of wastewater into Dasha River, and also reported it to the local ecological environment bureau, but the feedback effect seems not optimistic. < / P > < p > an environmental law enforcement official told the reporter that in fact, the wastewater problem is very easy to deal with. First, check the on-site inspection to trace the root of the wastewater, and then find the enterprise to check whether the water consumption and drainage amount match the production capacity. If the amount of sewage discharged in these years is very large, the comparison data is clear at a glance. The environmental impact assessment committee has relevant regulations on drainage. An enterprise can only have one sewage outlet. If the enterprise discharges to the centralized sewage treatment plant, there will be no other sewage outlet. < / P > < p > economist song Qinghui told reporters that in fact, most of the polluting enterprises are the main pillar of local fiscal revenue. Some local governments, especially in economically underdeveloped areas, muddle along or engage in formalism to control the polluting enterprises, while enjoying the increase of fiscal revenue, let the villagers bear the consequences of environmental pollution. < / P > < p > it is understood that the domestic titanium dioxide industry is mainly sulfuric acid process, and the treatment of “three wastes” is not difficult, but the treatment cost is high. The waste gas from titanium dioxide production is mainly acid mist and dust, which can be effectively treated by spray washing and gravity sedimentation; the waste residue can be treated by landfill, neutralization and other technologies; ferrous sulfate heptahydrate, waste acid and gypsum residue can be recycled or comprehensively utilized. < / P > < p > “as the largest titanium dioxide enterprise in China, if there is a large number of pollution problems in longmang Baili, it will not only damage the ecological environment, but also seriously damage the fair competition of the industry with low-cost products in exchange for the environment.” Song Qinghui said in an interview with reporters. < / P > < p > in 2019, longmangbaili received the decision on administrative punishment (jiao’anjianjian No. 201972) issued by Jiaozuo Emergency Management Bureau of Henan Province. According to the punishment decision, according to the investigation of Jiaozuo Emergency Management Bureau, the 1 million tons / year high salt wastewater deep treatment project organized and constructed by longmang Baili has been required by Jiaozuo Emergency Management Bureau to stop construction in the early stage, and there are still construction behaviors in the project without the construction project safety review certificate. Jiaozuo City Emergency Management Bureau decided to give longmangbaili a fine of 1 million yuan. In addition, in 2019, longmang Baili also received two administrative punishment decisions issued by the Department of ecological environment of Henan Province. According to the decision on administrative punishment, longmang Baili titanium dioxide production line with an annual output of 120000 tons was put into production without environmental protection acceptance. In addition, the main project of the company’s 300000 tons / a sulfur chlorine coupling titanium material green manufacturing project has been completed, the power distribution facilities, electrical instrument systems and pipeline projects have not been completed, and the environmental impact assessment documents of the construction project have not been submitted for approval according to law, so the company will be fined 400000 yuan and 130000 yuan respectively. < / P > < p > from 2017 to 2018, longmang titanium industry, a subsidiary of longmang Baili, was punished by the local environmental protection department for six violations. The punished problems mainly involve solid waste, sewage, waste gas treatment, etc. On August 3, 2018, the Environmental Protection Bureau of Mianzhu City, Sichuan province carried out law enforcement inspection on the titanium industry of the Dragon python, and found that the titanium industry of the Dragon Python had the situation that the waste water overflowed from the 5000 m3 leachate collection tank when it rained at night was discharged without treatment. The monitoring report issued by Deyang environmental monitoring center station shows that the pollutant index of the overflow wastewater exceeds the integrated wastewater discharge standard. On March 30, 2017, Deyang environmental monitoring center station monitored the titanium industry of longmang. The results showed that the pH value of the discharged wastewater exceeded the national standard due to the failure of pH alarm, and the titanium industry of longmang was fined 671600 yuan. < / P > < p > since its listing in 2011, longmang Bailey has adhered to the development mode of M & A expansion and endogenous growth. It acquired Sichuan longmang Titanium Co., Ltd. in 2016 and Yunnan Metallurgical Xinli Titanium Co., Ltd. in 2019, forming an operation and management mode with the group headquarters as the center and six production bases as a whole. < / P > < p > in this regard, the development goal of deep integration between longmang Bailey and its subsidiaries has put forward higher requirements to the group management. Longmang Baili also said that the macroeconomic environment is becoming more and more complex and changeable. If the company can not continue to improve the management level and decision-making efficiency, it may have a certain impact on the normal production and operation of the company. < / P > < p > Disclaimer: the purpose of this article reprinted by CNFC is to convey more information, and it does not represent the opinions and positions of CNFC. The content of this article is for reference only, and does not constitute an investment proposal. Investors operate on this basis at their own risk. < p > < p > Chinanet is a state key news website under the leadership of the Information Office of the State Council and the management of China foreign language publishing and Distribution Bureau. Through 11 versions in 10 languages, the website publishes information 24 hours a day. It is an important window for China to carry out international communication and information exchange.