Court upholds biggest pollution fine ever
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.