A total of 2,976 officials have been held accountable for inadequate environmental protection in the latest round of national inspections, according to a statement released late Friday by the Ministry of Environmental Protection.
In late April, seven teams reviewed local government work in the third round of inspections, which took place in Tianjin Municipality, and Shanxi, Liaoning, Anhui, Fujian, Hunan and Guizhou provinces.
As of May 18, the teams had received a staggering 29,429 public complaints. After sorting through them and combining the repeated reports, that number was whittled down to 19,182 cases and had been assigned to local authorities for further investigation.
Local authorities have so far examined 11,245 cases and imposed fines totalling 196.3 million yuan (about 28.5 million U.S. dollars) in 4,388 of the cases.
In Hunan Province, 997 officials were found to be at fault, the most of the seven provincial regions having been investigated.
The teams have completed the inspections on prefecture-level cities and will continue to hear public complaints during the next stage of inspections. – CRI
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