CBCGDF v. Tongguan Zhongjin Mining Environmental Public Interest Litigation Case Has Been Officially Filed

According to the Seventh Central Inspection Group of Environmental Protection, Tongguan Zhongjin Mining Co., Ltd. of Shaanxi Province, located at the North Piedmont of Qinling Mountain, has left nearly forty waste dumps in general protected areas of Qinling Mountain with disorderly stacking, destroying the original vegetation and landform. The enterprise reported to the higher leadership that the amount of waste residues in many waste dumps such as the fourth pit of Dongtongyu Daxicha and the first pit of Beigou was zero, and the soil had been covered with vegetation. However, the waste residues actually did not clean up, and ecological restoration did not carry out.

The enterprise subcontracted the restoration and governance of waste dumps in the fourth pit of Dongtongyu Daxicha with higher altitude and more fragile ecology, to the final Tongguan Xingye Stone Waste Factory. However, the factory actually did processing and production of excavation stones in the name of clearing stone wastes and restoring ecology. It has not carried out substantial ecological restoration, and the waste area of the fourth pit of Daxicha was expanded by about 20 mu than before.

Source: Ministry of Ecology and Environment of the People’s Republic of China

The Legal Working Committee of the China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF) conducted investigations and verifications, and a civil environmental public interest lawsuit was filed with the Intermediate People’s Court of Weinan City, Shaanxi Province. Tongguan Zhongjin Mining Co., Ltd. is required to stop the infringement, repair the damaged environment, and bear the liability for compensation for environmental damage in accordance with law.

Recently, the CBCGDF Legal Working Committee received the filing materials such as the notice of case acceptance and notice to produce evidence from the Intermediate People’s Court of Weinan City, Shaanxi, informing that the case was officially filed on July 15, 2022.

About the follow-up progress of the case, the CBCGDF Legal Working Committee will continue to announce to the society, and welcome people’s attention.

Original Chinese Article: https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/cXloPPyn1c-hJeiH9HZolQ

Translator: Sherry

Checked by Lucy

Editor: Samantha

Contact: v10@cbcgdf.org; +8617319454776


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