China punished 3,176 industrial polluters

May 07, 2007

China closed down 3,176 companies last year for violations of environmental regulations as part of a nationwide effort to control industrial pollution.

Chinese departments such as the State Environmental Protection Administration investigated 720,000 companies in 2006 regarding environmental regulations and laws, closing 3,176 and settling with another 13,000, Xinhua, the official Chinese news agency, reported Sunday.

An official said the campaign targeted industrial parks that could threaten the environment.

Of the 29,890 companies investigated, severe penalties were handed out to 4,162 for pollution violations.

Despite the success of the campaign, China was unable to meet its 2006 pollution control targets.

To help meet such pollution and energy conservation goals, SEPA officials ordered all offending companies to install monitoring systems that will be overseen by local environmental groups, Xinhua said.

Copyright 2007 by United Press International

Explore further: Mexico investigates mass fish death in lagoon

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Coal gas boom in China holds climate change risks

Aug 22, 2014

Deep in the hilly grasslands of remote Inner Mongolia, twin smoke stacks rise more than 200 feet into the sky, their steam and sulfur billowing over herds of sheep and cattle. Both day and night, the rumble ...

Recycling old batteries into solar cells

Aug 18, 2014

This could be a classic win-win solution: A system proposed by researchers at MIT recycles materials from discarded car batteries—a potential source of lead pollution—into new, long-lasting solar panels ...

Recommended for you

Halliburton pays $1.1 bn for Gulf of Mexico BP spill

20 minutes ago

Oil services company Halliburton said Tuesday it would pay a $1.1 billion settlement over its role in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil rig blowout that led to the United States' most disastrous oil spill.

Underwater grass comeback bodes well for Chesapeake Bay

54 minutes ago

The Susquehanna Flats, a large bed of underwater grasses near the mouth of the Susquehanna River, virtually disappeared from the upper Chesapeake Bay after Tropical Storm Agnes more than 40 years ago. However, ...

Clean air halves health costs in Chinese city

3 hours ago

Air pollution regulations over the last decade in Taiyuan, China, have substantially improved the health of people living there, accounting for a greater than 50% reduction in costs associated with loss of life and disability ...

User comments : 0