Waste crack­down

Vi­o­la­tions found in ma­te­rial im­ported to be pro­cessed

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By HOU LIQIANG houliqiang@chi­nadaily.com.cn

China’s en­vi­ron­men­tal watch­dog found 484 vi­o­la­tions by 177 com­pa­nies in the first three days of a month­long cam­paign tar­get­ing pol­lu­tion caused by pro­cess­ing im­ported waste.

The Min­istry of En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion said on Mon­day that 60 teams with a to­tal of 420 in­spec­tors found these vi­o­la­tions on July 4 to 6.

The in­spec­tors had three days of train­ing af­ter the cam­paign was launched on July 1. In­spec­tors have sug­gested plac­ing the vi­o­la­tions on file for in­ves­ti­ga­tion and pros­e­cu­tion.

In one case, a yarn man­u­fac­ture in Jiangyin, Jiangsu prov­ince, was found to have piled up im­ported waste out­doors with­out cover, and it failed to pro­vide the im­port per­mit for last year and its im­port records for this year and last.

“In re­cent years, law en­force­ment of­fi­cers found se­ri­ous pol­lu­tion caused by a num­ber of small com­pa­nies pro­cess­ing im­ported waste. It has been an out­stand­ing prob­lem that the pol­lu­tion treat­ment fa­cil­i­ties of these com­pa­nies don’t op­er­ate nor- mally, which over­loaded some re­gions with pol­lu­tants and re­sulted in se­vere pol­lu­tion,” the min­istry said in a state­ment.

In­spec­tors will fo­cus on whether en­ter­prises have passed en­vi­ron­men­tal eval­u­a­tions, vi­o­lated pol­lu­tant dis­charge rules, or il­le­gally trans­ferred im­ported waste, among other as­pects. Those breach­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal reg­u­la­tions should be in­ves­ti­gated and pun­ished in a timely man­ner, the min­istry said.

The in­spec­tion teams also can leave some mem­bers, based on cir­cum­stances, to su­per vise and urge lo­cal en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion de­part­ments to in­ves­ti­gate and ac­cord­ingly en­force against the vi­o­la­tions they find. Fur­ther, lo­cal of­fi­cials will be sum­moned for talks if they are slow in deal­ing with prob­lems, the state­ment said.

“Of­fi­cials who tip off compa- nies of the in­spec­tion or help con­ceal mis­con­duct will be held ac­count­able for their dis­ci­plinary vi­o­la­tions,” it said.

The state­ment also said county en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion de­part­ments will be in­formed of the vi­o­la­tions the same day in­spec­tion teams find them and pre­fec­ture- level en­vi­ron­ment watch­dogs will be copied the in­for­ma­tion so they can su­per vise how vi­o­la­tions are dealt with.

The in­spec­tors were se­lected from 27 pro­vin­cial re­gions for the “full- scale ex­am­i­na­tions”, and an­other 1,260 en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion of­fi­cials from lo­cal gov­ern­ments are as­sist­ing.

The min­istry will an­nounce vi­o­la­tions reg­u­larly as the cam­paign con­tin­ues.

The cen­tral gov­ern­ment is step­ping up the fight against pol­lu­tion and en­vi­ron­men­tal degra­da­tion as decades of fast growth have left the coun­try sad­dled with smog and con­tam­i­nated soil.

In April, a re­form plan to im­prove man­age­ment of solid waste im­ports to pro­tect en­vi­ron­men­tal se­cu­rity and public health was adopted in a meet­ing of the Cen­tral Lead­ing Group for Deep­en­ing Over­all Re­form, which is presided over by Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping.

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