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Environmental reins tightened on companies
February 23,2017   By:China Daily
More inspections ensure governments implement measures to control pollution
Feb. 23, 2017 -- China will put stricter reins on governments and companies, including conducting at least one more large-scale inspection and suspending production in more industries, in a bid to achieve its targets for air pollution control this year.
Inspectors involved in the ongoing monthlong review have uncovered another 137 problems involving insufficient government implementation of emergency response and excessive discharging of pollutants by companies, according to a statement by the Ministry of Environmental Protection on Wednesday.
For example, Jinan, capital of Shandong province, despite more than 900 companies having been found to be discharging airborne pollutants, suspended production of only 73 of them.
That would cut the emission of pollutants by only 20 percent, far from enough to control air pollution, the ministry added.
The ongoing monthlong inspection, headed by Minister of Environmental Protection Chen Jining and four deputy ministers, has exposed massive violations by governments and companies in Beijing, Tianjin and the provinces of Hebei, Henan, Shandong and Shanxi since it was launched on Feb 15.
"The ministry will conduct one or two additional rounds of specific inspections on air pollution controls like the ongoing ones this year," said Zhao Yingmin, vice-minister of environmental protection.
The monthlong inspection could facilitate the authorities in their implementation of control efforts, one of the major measures to cut air pollution this year, the ministry said.
According to the national Action Plan on Air Pollution Control and Prevention, Beijing and Tianjin need to lower their concentration levels of PM2.5 - hazardous particulate matter with a diameter of 2.5 microns or less - to an average of 60 micrograms per cubic meter this year. Hebei province has a target of 67.
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