Chinese Environmental Leaders Visit Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.– Thirty officials from China’s National Environmental Protection Bureau arrive here July 17, seeking ways to control their nation’s growing pollution problems.

The 14-day visit is sponsored by a University of Tennessee-Oak Ridge National Laboratory-Tennessee Valley Authority research consortium.

Dr. Milton Russell, UT-Knoxville economics professor and consortium director, said economic expansion, population growth and lack of policy have increased China’s potential for pollution and environmental destruction.

“We’ll offer what we know about regulation, economic policy and pollution-prevention methods so they can create a national pollution prevention system,” Russell said. “Without such a system, China faces potentially devastating environmental problems.”

The Chinese will study the effects of acid rain in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and visit the Saturn automobile plant at Spring Hill.

The Chinese team will study Tennessee’s plan for managing and reducing the state’s solid waste.

Contact: Dr. Milton Russell (615-974-4251)

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