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Watchdog cracks down on imported waste processing
July 11,2017   By:China Daily

July 11, 2017--China's environmental watch-dog found 484 violations by 177 companies in the first three days of a monthlong campaign targeting pollution caused by processing imported waste.

The Ministry of Environmental Protection said on Monday that 60 teams with a total of 420 inspectors found these violations on July 4 to 6.

The inspectors had three days of training after the campaign was launched on July 1. Inspectors have suggested placing the violations on file for investigation and prosecution.

In one case, a yarn manufacture in Jiangyin, Jiangsu province, was found to have piled up imported waste outdoors without cover, and it failed to provide the import permit for last year and its import records for this year and last.

"In recent years, law enforcement officers found serious pollution caused by a number of small companies processing imported waste. It has been an outstanding problem that the pollution treatment facilities of these companies don't operate normally, which overloaded some regions with pollutants and resulted in severe pollution," the ministry said in a statement.

Inspectors will focus on whether enterprises have passed environmental evaluations, violated pollutant discharge rules, or illegally transferred imported waste, among other aspects. Those breaching environmental regulations should be investigated and punished in a timely manner, the ministry said.

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