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Global Times (2013-10-25 P05)
By Xinhua

Officials punished over pollution

China's Ministry of Supervision on Thursday revealed 10 major cases of environmental damage in which local officials were punished for failing to prevent or act after severe pollution.

"Promoting the conservation culture and protecting the environment is an important duty for government at all levels," said a statement from the ministry.

Supervisory departments should ensure local governments fulfill their duties to environmental protection and pollution reduction, with an attitude of "high responsibility for younger generations."

Iron fist policies should be adopted to punish lawbreakers, the ministry said.

Smog inspection in key cities

An inspection campaign on how air pollution is being controlled will be launched in key areas of China, the Ministry of Environmental Protection has announced.

The inspection, to be carried out from this month to March next year, will target areas including regions around Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei Province, the Yangtze and Pearl river delta regions, as well as the middle of Northeast China's Liaoning Province.

Small companies violating air pollution control regulations will be shut down and departments and officials found breaking the law will be held responsible.  

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