In­spec­tors fix prob­lems in parts of Fu­jian, Liaon­ing and Hu­nan

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS - By ZHENG JINRAN zhengjin­ran@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Cen­tral en­vi­ron­men­tal in­spec­tors re­vealed se­vere pol­lu­tion prob­lems in Fu­jian, Liaon­ing and Hu­nan prov­inces, show­ing that some cities failed to reg­u­late pol­lu­tion and even pro­tected the pol­lut­ing com­pa­nies, the na­tion’s top en­vi­ron­men­tal au­thor­ity said on Mon­day.

This round of high-level in­spec­tions, launched by the State Coun­cil in April, have re­viewed how gov­ern­ments im­ple­mented the rules in fight­ing the coun­try’s war on pol­lu­tion in the three prov­inces. The per­for­mance of some cities was dis­ap­point­ing, lead­ing to de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of the en­vi­ron­ment and large pol­lu­tion risks, the in­spec­tors said.

They found some city gov­ern­ments pro­tected pol­lut­ing com­pa­nies by pro­vid­ing fal­si­fied doc­u­ments in the cen­tral re­gion of Hu­nan and north­east­ern re­gion of Liaon­ing, state­ments from the Min­istry of En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion showed.

In the core and buf­fer zones of Hai­tang Moun­tain Na­tional Nat­u­ral Re­serve, in Fuxin, a city in Liaon­ing, the man­age­ment com­mit­tee il­le­gally ap­proved a com­pany’s dump­ing of min­eral waste, caus­ing se­vere con­tam­i­na­tion. The com­mit­tee is­sued a false doc­u­ment to prove the min­ing and waste were not within the re­serve, in­spec­tors said on Mon­day.

Sim­i­lar prob­lems were found in Hu­nan. The Xiang­tan city and Xiangx­i­ang county gov­ern­ments is­sued false doc­u­ments in De­cem­ber, say­ing that one of the lead­ing com­pa­nies dis­charged pol­lu­tants at a level lower than the na­tional stan­dards based on the on­line mon­i­tor­ing data. The doc­u­ments were meant to al­low the com­pany to pass an

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