(Yicai Global) Nov. 8 -- Following the disclosure of some cities for the untimely start of air pollution warning, the China's environmental protection ministry (MEP) has unveiled regulations to rigidly crack down on falsification of monitoring data, and revealed that the emissions data of atmospheric pollutants of 16 enterprises in east China were abnormal.
The regulations disclosed by the MEP on Nov. 7 require the establishment of a linking mechanism between the environmental protection authorities and public security organs, procuratorial organs and people's courts. Cases of moving monitoring sites and blocking sampling heads -- if these constitute crimes -- will be referred to corresponding agencies for ruling in accordance with relevant laws and regulations.
The regulations also state that service contracts signed with social environment monitoring (including operation and maintenance) institutions or monitoring device manufacturers will be terminated if unregulated acts of environmental monitoring occur without sufficient rectifications, or data fabrication or participation in data fabrication comes to light. Such entities will be blacklisted as well. Disclosing the results of rulings on fraud actions aims to intensify alert and deterrent effects.
The MEP said that, in Oct. 2016, 16 enterprises had abnormal atmospheric pollutant emissions data suspected of exceeding limits in 11 eastern cities, including Wuxi, Changzhou, Suzhou, Hefei and Qingdao. The MEP will require provincial environmental protection departments to impose high-level sanctions on the illegal discharge of excessive pollutants and disclose penal results to the public.
In recent days, multiple regions in northeast China, north China and south China have suffered severe pollution affecting over 30 cities across six provinces, and stretching in a swathe of more than 1,600 kilometers. The pollution in several cities hit dangerous levels, with a degree of severity and range of impact rarely seen in the past.