Court up­holds big­gest pol­lu­tion fine ever

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

China has im­posed its big­gest fine ever for pol­lu­tion.

The Jiangsu provin­cial high court or­dered six chem­i­cal and phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pa­nies to pay 160 mil­lion yuan ($26 mil­lion) for dis­charg­ing waste chem­i­cals into rivers. The court up­held a guilty ver­dict against the com­pa­nies, find­ing they dis­charged 25,000 tons of waste acid into two rivers.

A pub­lic in­ter­est group, the Taizhou City En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion As­so­ci­a­tion, had brought suit against the chem­i­cal and phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pa­nies.

China is un­der in­tense pres­sure to clean up its con­tam­i­nated en­vi­ron­ment and ear­lier this year launched an en­vi­ron­men­tal high court over­see­ing lit­i­ga­tion in lower courts.

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