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The Empirical Relationship between Mining Industry Development and Environmental Pollution in China

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School of Humanities and Economics Management, China University of Geosciences, Beijing 100083, China
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Key Laboratory of Carrying Capacity Assessment for Resource and Environment, Ministry of Land and Resources, Beijing 100083, China
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14(3), 254; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph14030254
Received: 14 November 2016 / Accepted: 15 February 2017 / Published: 2 March 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Environmental Health)
This study uses a vector autoregression (VAR) model to analyze changes in pollutants among different mining industries and related policy in China from 2001 to 2014. The results show that: (1) because the pertinence of standards for mining waste water and waste gas emissions are not strong and because the maximum permissible discharge pollutant concentrations in these standards are too high, ammonia nitrogen and industrial sulfur dioxide discharges increased in most mining industries; (2) chemical oxygen demand was taken as an indicator of sewage treatment in environmental protection plans; hence, the chemical oxygen demand discharge decreased in all mining industries; (3) tax reduction policies, which are only implemented in coal mining and washing and extraction of petroleum and natural gas, decreased the industrial solid waste discharge in these two mining industries. View Full-Text
Keywords: mining industry; environmental pollution; policy; VAR; China mining industry; environmental pollution; policy; VAR; China
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Li, G.; Lei, Y.; Ge, J.; Wu, S. The Empirical Relationship between Mining Industry Development and Environmental Pollution in China. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14, 254.

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