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Unregulated Water Projects Hurt Region Along Yangtze River

Construction on the Baihetan hydropower station on the Yangtze River in Liangshan prefecture, Sichuan province, is seen on July 27. Photo: VCG
Construction on the Baihetan hydropower station on the Yangtze River in Liangshan prefecture, Sichuan province, is seen on July 27. Photo: VCG

Nearly a thousand small water-power projects have been built along China’s Yangtze river without the required environmental impact studies, a report released on Tuesday has found.

China’s National Audit Office compiled the report (link in Chinese) based on a four-month survey of the ecological and environmental conditions in the area. The region is an economic belt that runs along the river through 11 provincial-level areas, and accounts for more than one-fifth of the country’s total area.

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