China launches new round of environmental inspections

The Ministry of Ecology and Environment announced on Tuesday that China’s central authorities will kick off a new round of environmental inspections.

Seven teams, conducting the second batch of this third round of inspections, will be dispatched to the municipalities of Shanghai and Chongqing and the provinces of Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Hubei, Hunan and Yunnan for about a month of inspections, according to the ministry.

A 5-meter-long environmental bench made of approximately 1,540 kilograms of materials, including 160,000 recycled milk cartons, Shanghai, east China, October 14, 2023. /CFP

A 5-meter-long environmental bench made of approximately 1,540 kilograms of materials, including 160,000 recycled milk cartons, Shanghai, east China, October 14, 2023. /CFP

The ministry urged relevant local government departments to coordinate inspection and rectification in an accurate and scientific manner and in accordance with the law, as well as to prohibit a one-size-fits-all approach and arbitrary accountability.

Outstanding ecological and environmental problems exposed by the people should be effectively solved, said the ministry.

Problems should be solved according to laws and regulations, practically and realistically, while avoiding “campaign-style” rectification, it said.

The first batch of the third round of inspections was launched in November last year, covering Fujian, Henan, Hainan, Gansu and Qinghai provinces, according to the ministry.

(Cover: Wujiang River, Chongqing Municipality, southwest China, April 18, 2024. /CFP)

Source(s): Xinhua News Agency