July 19, 2017 -- The chimney of a coal-powered engery factory emits waste gas in Xianyang, Shaanxi province. [Photo/VCG]
July 19, 2017 -- China's top environmental authority is flexing its muscles to take on polluting companies through more inspections and law enforcement. Fines levied on violators have soared in the past six months.
As of July 6, nearly two-thirds of 32,004 companies inspected in 28 cities in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, as well as neighboring regions, had committed various violations, according to the latest information from the Ministry of Environmental Protection, including excessive emissions and installing insufficient pollution control equipment.
The teams conducting the yearlong inspections - which began in early April and are the most thorough to be launched by the ministry - found that 6,662 companies with no operating licenses had polluted the environment severely.
"Such enhanced inspections can help local governments control air pollution in the region and nearby areas, and make companies comply with the environmental laws," said Tian Weiyong, head of the ministry's environmental monitoring bureau.
After the polluting companies are exposed for their violations, the city and county governments are forced to deal with the problems, he said.
More than 1,400 pollution-related problems have been solved by shutting down the companies' operations, according to the ministry.
Tougher stance on pollution yields better compliance
July 19,2017 By:China Daily