70% of in­spected firms broke en­vi­ron­ment laws

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA -

mon­i­tor­ing equip­ment and tak­ing tar­geted mea­sures, Tian said.

Data from the min­istry showed that in 2016 China im­posed 6.63 bil­lion yuan ($963 mil­lion) in fines on pol­luters, 56 per­cent above 2015 lev­els.

And com­pa­nies that re­ceived fines on a daily ba­sis — a new mea­sure in the re­vised En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Law — have seen to­tal fines reach­ing 264 mil­lion yuan in the first quar­ter of 2017.

In ad­di­tion, en­vi­ron­men­tal au­thor­i­ties sealed the pro­duc­tion equip­ment of pol­lut­ing com­pa­nies in 1,228 cases in the first three months of the year, triple the num­ber in the same pe­riod last year.

In­de­pen­dent as­sess­ment re­ports from aca­demic in­sti­tu­tions ap­plauded the stronger en­force­ment of en­vi­ron­men­tal laws.

Wang Canfa, en­vi­ron­men­tal law pro­fes­sor from China Univer­sity of Po­lit­i­cal Science and Law, said the en­force­ment has ef­fec­tively de­terred pol­luters, and his team’s sur­veys found that ex­ces­sive emis­sion prob­lems from heavy metal com­pa­nies had been re­duced.

HU DATIAN / FOR CHINA DAILY

Bol­ly­wood star Aamir Khan (right) learns ba­sic tai chi pos­tures from Liu Suibin, mas­ter of the Qingcheng sect of Tao­ism, at Qingcheng Moun­tain, one of the four sa­cred moun­tains for Taoist cul­ture, in Sichuan prov­ince on Thurs­day.

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