In­spec­tor finds work hard but sat­is­fy­ing

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA - By ZHENG JINRAN

In­his 21 years as an en­vi­ron­men­tal in­spec­tor, Yin Wei has never had an as­sign­ment as in­tense as his most re­cent one: head­ing a team to help clean up China’s smog-plagued north.

He was among those cho­sen for the first round of the Min­istry of En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion’s year­long anti-pol­lu­tion in­spec­tion of 28 cities in the Bei­jing-Tianjin-He­bei re­gion and sur­round­ing ar­eas.

“It’s the largest in­spec­tion I’ve been in­volved with,” said the 41-year-old, who usu­ally in­spects in­dus­tries in Lyu­liang, Shanxi prov­ince. “The sched­ule is re­ally busy. We start at 8 am, re­port our re­sults by 9 pmand then start to as­sign the next day’s tasks. I didn’t get to s l e e p be­fore mid­night.”

Y in ’ s ass ign - ment lasted for the first three weeks of the in­spec­tion. His team checked about 200 com­pa­nies across Han­dan, an in­dus­trial city in He­bei. About 90 per­cent were in vi­o­la­tion of var­i­ous pol­lu­tion con­trol mea­sures.

“In my home city, we’ve con­fronted sim­i­lar pol­lu­tion prob­lems be­cause it has the same pil­lar in­dus­tries,” he said, re­fer­ring to steel, min­ing and power gen­er­a­tion. “This made it eas­ier for us to look at com­pa­nies’ key pro­duc­tion ar­eas in­spec­tions.”

For ex­am­ple, Yin said, he and three in­spec­tors de­cided to check a cok­ing plant in the Fengfeng min­ing district af­ter they no­ticed smoke ris­ing from a chim­ney that was be­low the re­quired height. The group dis­cov­ered the fac­tory was us­ing an il­le­gal chim­ney that had not been fit­ted with any of the mon­i­tor­ing equip­ment author­i­ties use to track emis­sion lev­els.

The find­ings were re­ported to the min­istry and the lo­cal gov­ern­ment, which vowed to han­dle the mat­ter quickly, he said.

“That’s why this field in­spec­tion is im­por­tant,” he said. “We’re here to help lo­cal gov­ern­ments find the prob­lems and to re­duce pol­lu­tion, dur­ing the not make trou­ble for them.”

For some com­pa­nies, how­ever, the in­spec­tors can mean big trou­ble — es­pe­cially those op­er­at­ing il­le­gally.

While most com­pa­nies are com­pli­ant, some have re­sisted. Zhao Peng, who led an in­spec­tion team last month to Xing­tai, also in He­bei, said work­ers at sev­eral plants at­tempted to ob­struct of­fi­cials, in­clud­ing grab­bing their doc­u­ments. To en­sure the safety of in­spec­tors, he sug­gested the min­istry pro­vide uni­forms that look of­fi­cial, which might de­ter some work­ers from in­ter­fer­ing.

Yin was pleased to have a chance to make a dif­fer­ence. “Although it was tir­ing work, see­ing the il­le­gal pol­luters shut dow­nandair pol­lu­tion­im­prov­ing is sat­is­fy­ing,” he said.

Yin Wei

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