Build­ing, in­spec­tions among key is­sues

China Daily (USA) - - POLICY REVIEW - By ZHANG YUE zhangyue@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Cen­tral min­istries re­sponded to a se­ries of pub­lic con­cerns in the past week, in­clud­ing con­struc­tion of small towns, en­vi­ron­men­tal in­spec­tions, stu­dent sub­si­dies and mine con­di­tions.

Build­ing guide­lines

The Min­istry of Hous­ing and Ur­ban-Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment is­sued a doc­u­ment on the con­struc­tion of small towns. The style of build­ings in these towns has be­come a heated topic in re­cent years.

The doc­u­ment makes clear that the con­struc­tion of “char­ac­ter­is­tic towns” shall not re­sult in un­due dis­tur­bance. The con­struc­tion of high-rise build­ings, tear­ing down ex­ist­ing com­pounds and blindly copy­ing a for­eign cul­ture will not be en­cour­aged when build­ing a new township.

Green in­spec­tions

The Min­istry of En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion found that 80 out of 366 com­pa­nies that were in­spected were vi­o­lat­ing en­vi­ron­ment pro­tec­tion rules as of July 13.

The re­sult came af­ter in­spec­tions in the Bei­jing-Tian­jin-He­bei re­gion and other nearby ar­eas from July 7-13. A to­tal of 44 com­pa­nies vi­o­lated en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion rules for volatile or­ganic com­pound emis­sions. The min­istry started the in­spec­tion on air pol­lu­tion con­trol in the Bei­jing-Tian­jin-He­bei re­gion about four months ago.

The past week found 851 com­pa­nies out of 2,954 re­viewed were vi­o­lat­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion rules due to in­com­plete fa­cil­i­ties or ex­ces­sive emis­sions. Some 131 com­pa­nies were found to have no equip­ment for pol­lu­tion treat­ment, while 100 com­pa­nies had pol­lu­tion treat­ment fa­cil­i­ties that were not func­tion­ing.

Some com­pa­nies in He­bei are still op­er­at­ing de­spite pre­vi­ous bans or warn­ings.

Stu­dent sub­si­dies

The Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry has re­sponded to a query on the re­lease and su­per­vi­sion of fi­nan­cial sub­si­dies.

A col­lege stu­dent from North­east China in­quired of the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion why stu­dents were still not in­formed about how uni­ver­si­ties are fully re­leas­ing sub­si­dies.

The Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion re­sponded in de­tail about the com­po­nent of stu­dent sub­si­dies for col­lege stu­dents.

First, the govern­ment helps those fam­i­lies in need to ap­ply for loans from lo­cal banks to pay for tu­ition.

Sec­ond, if the stu­dent fails to get ad­e­quate loans for tu­ition, the univer­sity of­fers chan­nels for en­roll­ment where his or her tu­ition and ac­com­mo­da­tion fees can be paid later.

Third, both the govern­ment and uni­ver­si­ties of­fer a va­ri­ety of schol­ar­ships or work-study pro­grams through which stu­dents can earn money to pay their tu­ition.

De­tails about schol­ar­ships are also avail­able on­line.

Mine con­di­tions probed

The State Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Work Safety con­ducted a ran­dom in­spec­tion on con­di­tions on 18 non-metal mines and 10 tail­ing ponds, which con­tain the by-prod­ucts from the mines, in He­nan, Liaon­ing and Jiangxi prov­inces dur­ing the cur­rent flood sea­son.

Prob­lems found in­clude in­ad­e­quate safety pro­tec­tion, lack of work su­per­vi­sion and de­tec­tion sys­tems as well as in­ad­e­quate ac­ci­dent-mon­i­tor­ing mea­sures.

The ad­min­is­tra­tion re­quested that 15 mines as well as nine tail­ing ponds must im­prove work safety fa­cil­i­ties within a re­quired time­frame.

An­other four com­pa­nies found with se­vere work safety short­com­ings were asked to stop pro­duc­tion.

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