Pre­mier pledges tougher anti-pol­lu­tion mea­sures

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Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang called pol­lu­tion in China a “blight on peo­ple’s qual­ity of life and a trou­ble that weighs on their hearts”, and pledged tougher en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion mea­sures.

Speak­ing at the Great Hall of the Peo­ple in Bei­jing to the open­ing ses­sion of the Na­tional Peo­ple’s Congress on Thurs­day, Li promised to build a more ef­fec­tive en­vi­ron­men­tal regime in a coun­try plagued by fre­quent smog and other types of pol­lu­tion from industrial op­er­a­tions.

Li said the na­tion will cut its use of en­ergy, as mea­sured by en­ergy in­ten­sity, by 3.1 per­cent while re­duc­ing the dis­charge of all key pol­lu­tants.

He also pledged to en­force en­vi­ron­men­tal laws and reg­u­la­tions, to crack down on il­le­gal emis­sions and to en­sure heavy penal­ties are handed out to of­fend­ers. (Photo 1)

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