LG Display China plant fined 600,000 for nearly doubling particulate emissions

Recently, the Guangzhou Ecological Environment Bureau issued an announcement, It is pointed out that the actual emissions of soot (particles) of Lejin (China) Co., Ltd. in 2018 were 1.653524 tons, which exceeded the annual emission limit of 0.891 tons, and pointed out that Lejin Show (China) as a construction unit did not seriously fulfill the main responsibility, in the preparation of the project’s Environmental Assessment document, many times in the calculation error.

According to the Decision on Administrative Punishment issued by the Guangzhou Ecological Environment Bureau (hereinafter referred to as the Decision), according to the data on the tax return of environmental protection tax for 2018, the actual emissions of soot (particles) amounted to 1.653524 tons, exceeding the “Guangdong Province Pollutant Emission Permit” held by the company. (License number: 4401162016005048, validity period: June 22, 2017 to June 21, 2020; after 26 December 2018, the validity period is one year) allowed soot (particulate matter) 0.891 tons of annual emission limits.)

LG Display China plant fined 600,000 for nearly doubling particulate emissions

In addition, Lejin Display (China) was reissued by the Guangzhou Development Zone Administrative Approval Bureau on August 27, 2019 (License Number: 4401162016005048, valid period: August 27, 2019 to August 26, 2024), Its allowed annual emission limit for soot (particulate matter) is adjusted to 8.26 tons.

In this regard, The complaint from Lejin Show (China) indicated that the total amount of particulate matter went through three EIA, 14.11 tons/year, 0.891 tons/year, 8.26 tons/year, of which the first EIA report (i.e. 120,000 pieces/monthe eIA project) was more accurate. Reflecting the actual total amount of particulate matter, the emission concentration and exhaust volume predicted in the Second EIA Report (i.e. 180,000 pieces/month extension project EIA) were miscalculated, but were corrected in the third 220,000-piece/monthly eIA and final completion acceptance, and a new emission permit was applied.

LeJin show (China) said that for a long time attaches great importance to environmental protection work, the total amount of particulate emissions is low, compared with the situation of domestic counterparts, the implementation of the total amount of standards are also very strict, the implementation of the difficulty is quite large, iurge immunity from punishment.

“After the trial, the parties have indeed re-claimed the sewage permit, and the recently approved annual emission limits for soot (particulate matter) have been increased, but the main reason for the repeated adjustment of the annual emission limits for soot (particulate matter) is due to the fact that it has not conscientiously fulfilled the main responsibility as a construction unit, Thus, in the preparation of the second EIA document involved in the project, soot (particles) due to the calculation error (previously prepared the first EIA document of the project in which the nitrogen oxide calculation error occurred); As shown in the Decision Book.

Guangzhou Municipal Ecological Environment Bureau said that Lejin show (China) 2018 annual emissions of soot (particulate matter) exceeds the permitted annual emission limits of soot (particulate matter) is clear, should be punished, but may partially adopt the views of the parties concerned, on the basis of informing the amount of punishment, as appropriate, light punishment. In accordance with the provisions of Article 99 of the Air Pollution Prevention and Control Law of the People’s Republic of China and Article of the Annex to the Regulation of the Guangzhou Municipal Administration of Environmental Administrative Penalties, a decision of 600,000 yuan was made to LeJin Show (China).

According to the data, LG Display (China) Co., Ltd. (CA) is the only 8.5 generation LCD panel factory outside of Korea, with a total investment of US$4 billion, and was established in December 2012, making it the largest foreign-invested enterprise in Guangzhou.

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