Official Lax Local Environmental Protection to Be Held Accountable

Added On March 14, 2019

China's top environment regulator says the relaxation of environmental protection by some local governments to prioritize economic development amid downward economic pressure will not be tolerated. 
China Report has more.
Li Ganjie, the minister of ecology and environment, met the press on the sidelines of the annual legislative session on Monday.
He said lax local environmental protection is one of the major supervision targets of the inspection by the central government, and officials who sacrifice environmental protection for short-term interests will be held accountable.
Li said the ministry will resolutely stop simplistic environmental protection practice such as closing plants indiscriminately.
He added the above two scenarios are only local cases, not national phenomena.
Meanwhile, Li said China has made sound progress in addressing the prominent problems over environmental protection along the Yangtze River Economic Belt.
He said after two years of work, 99.9 percent of the 1,474 drinking water sources in cities above the county-level along the Yangtze River Economic Belt have had their problems resolved.
Meanwhile, over 90 percent of the 12 "black and malodorous water bodies" in the provincial capital cities have been cleaned up, while prefecture-level cities are catching up on this front. 
Li added that the country has made notable progress in enhancing protection of the nature reserves in the Yangtze River basin.