China News recently reported that the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection issued its report on inspection results from 18 critical cities that have air quality concerns. This was a joint effort among the Ministry and six provinces. The Ministry sent 18 inspection teams to the cities and counties. The teams inspected over 8500 organizations and companies and found 3119 had problems. The joint inspection effort made several key findings. First is that response plans for heavy air pollution events were unrealistic. Second is that committed air pollution remediation plans did not get implemented. Third is that companies continued to ignore air pollution laws. The fourth finding is that many companies faked air quality monitoring data. The fifth finding is that the lack of dust control remains a common practice. The inspection effort also found that various levels of government branches did not take much action on their environmental protection responsibilities.
Source: China News, March 31, 2017