ASIAdocument.write(“” + m[today.getMonth()+1]+ ” “+ today.getDate()+”, ” + theYear + ” “);HOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperChina Daily Global PDFChina Daily Global E-paperOpinion / Opinion LineEditorialsOp-EdColumnistsContributorsCartoonsSpecialsFrom the PressForum TrendsTalk from streetDebateEditors Pick:Syrian refugeescyberspaceV-Day paradeshrimp scandalTPPHold polluters accountable for their actions(China Daily) Updated:2016-09-20 08:14Comments Print Mail Large Medium SmallThe CCTV headquarters is shrouded in heavy smog in the central business district in Beijing, China Dec 7, 2015.[Photo/Xinhua]A DEPUTY MAYOR OF ANYANG, Central Chinas Henan province, leading an inspection team to investigate the cause of industrial dust, was denied entry to a construction site for over half an hour recently. Beijing Youth Daily commented on Monday:That the Anyang deputy mayor was kept waiting at a construction site, which apparently failed to keep its dust emission in check, offers a glimpse into the difficulties facing the fight against air pollution.
To maximize their profits, some local enterprises have tried to bypass pollution checks by installing inferior dust-proof facilities or not installing any at all. Their disregard for public health has a lot to do with the deteriorating air quality.
Local environment authorities are also to blame for their lax management and inefficient enforcement of the new environment protection law, which allows them to impose fines on enterprises causing dust pollution. However, in most cases, the punishments were basically confined to vocal warnings.
That explains why the Anyang construction site turned a deaf ear to public complaints against its illegal operations. The construction company should be held accountable for the air pollution, so should the incompetent officials who failed to do their job.
Anyang is not a stranger to severe air pollution, though. The Ministry of Environmental Protection had urged the city to improve the poor air quality less than two years ago.
After shutting down more than 100 polluting enterprises and holding accountable dozens of relevant officials, the city authorities gifted residents a blue sky in just 200 days.
But soon tons of industrial waste and serious air pollution returned to the city through the south end of the Jingjinji (Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei) economic circle.
Pollutants can travel with the wind to large swathes of northern China and cause breathing problems for many people.
And because the collective heating system in the North is mostly fueled by coal, and pollution is likely to intensify as winter approaches, more concerted efforts should be made to keep major polluters in check.0Related StoriesClearing the air about city pollutionAugust sees 27 good days as pollution levels fallBeijing takes steps to reduce pollutionNoise pollution at night riles restless residentsMost Viewed Todays Top NewsUS needs other nations help to fight terrorismHow best to fight secular stagnationOvercoming the second major steel crisisNostalgic red tourism also serves to inspireLocal regulations may restrict the growth of ride-hailing servicesForum TrendsAre you willing to give salary to your wife?Is teaching a poorly-paid profession?Will e-books replace paper books?Is acting an overpaid job?Is Chinas early education craze happening?Is homeschooling beneficial or detrimental to children?Should online learning be encouraged?ColumnistsJapan must reduce the suicide rate among studentsJuncker has a host of challenges and a wall of apathy to deal withFeatured ContributorsFive reasons why Hangzhous G20 summit can be a game changerHope for Hangzhou to work out new path for world economyStar BloggersNo students for class By Michael MurphyOne thing that foreigners are not used to in China is how quickly and dramatically a schedule can change.The killing of a Chinese man in Paris By ChevalerieDuring my last visit to Paris, the killing of a Chinese man moved me a lot. Chaolin Zhang was a dressmaker, a man like many others, hard-working, good father and happy to live on Earth. In honor of his memory, this is the context surrounding his death.Why should English teachers in China look Western? By 财神With its rapid economic development and opening up, China has opened its doors to English teachers from various nations.SpecialAcorss Loulan: an internet cultural journey into amazing Xinjiang2016 retrace the Long March route in GuizhouFive guidelines for foreigners seeking job…| About China Daily | Advertise on Site | Contact Us | Job Offer | Expat Employment |Copyright 1995 -var oTime = new Date();
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