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buy canada goose jacket A rail track which was used to transport steel is Canada Goose Coats On Sale pictured outside a former main steel doudoune canada goose mill of the Shougang Group, at Mentougou District in Beijing, September 8, 2014. REUTERS/David Stanway

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What worries uk canada goose outlet environmental experts is that if it canada goose black friday sale this hard to deal with contaminated land in Beijing, where there is greater political will to tackle pollution, it will be even more difficult to detoxify farmland in poorer rural areas.

real issue is that there is no incentive for canadian goose jacket a company like Shougang to spend a huge amount of money cleaning up this site, Gong said in an interview with Reuters.

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According to a survey published by the Ministry of Environmental Protection in April, 19.3 percent of samples taken from Chinese farmland showed excessive levels of heavy metals or chemical waste. In central Hunan province, government research seen by Reuters showed more than three quarters of canada goose its ricefields had been contaminated.

Canada Goose Outlet Farming on 3.3 million hectares (8.15 million acres) across China has already been banned indefinitely. But it also cited the use of wastewater for irrigation and the overuse of pesticides and fertilisers, which often contain heavy metals.

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canada goose clearance The government is drafting laws that will allow the state to decide who is responsible for contaminated land, as well as create new financing mechanisms to pay for the clean up, according cheap canada goose uk to Gong and others who have been consulted on the legislation. Such mechanisms are expected to involve the establishment of dedicated new funds for cleaning up, as well as Canada Goose Jackets subsidy and loan facilities to help cover treatment costs.

Canada Goose Jackets But the law is not expected to be completed until at least 2017, experts quoted in state media have said, with the first draft still unfinished.

A facility which used to be part of a coal production line is seen inside a former main steel mill of the Shougang Group, at Mentougou District in Beijing, September 8, 2014. REUTERS/David Stanway

canada goose black friday sale For now, there are few economic incentives for companies to act.

canadian goose jacket is no market driven initiative for this, said Wu Yixiu from environmental group Greenpeace in Beijing.

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There is also little clarity over who is ultimately responsible.

cheap Canada Goose big debate going on now is that the big companies are state owned and when they were contaminating the land, there was no law, said Gong. if they benefited from such contamination, the profits went to the state. Why should the company be held liable?

canada goose store While forecasts by government backed research institutes suggest canada goose factory sale the market for land treatment, or remediation, could generate 200 billion yuan in annual revenue by 2025, government officials say it still at the very early stage.

market for soil remediation is still very small, Zhuang Guotai, head of the ministry ecological office and the official in charge of drafting the new legislation, told a recent conference.

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Canada Goose sale People walk past the gate of a former main steel mill of the Shougang Group, at Mentougou District in Beijing, September 8, 2014. REUTERS/David Stanway

The ministry did not respond to requests for comment.

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Samples taken in 2011 showed excessive levels of cadmium, chromium and lead at the site, according to published research, but a full treatment plan has not yet been completed.