CHINA China to severely punish Yangtze River Economic Belt polluters

CHINA

China to severely punish Yangtze River Economic Belt polluters

Xinhua

07:23, February 21, 2019

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Aerial photo taken on Aug. 13, 2018 shows ships sailing on the Yangtze River near Yangluo Port in Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei Province. (Photo: Xinhua)

BEIJING, Feb. 20 (Xinhua) -- People convicted of criminally polluting the environment along the Yangtze River Economic Belt are subject to heavier punishment within judicial discretion, according to Chinese authorities on Wednesday.

This was confirmed after a meeting between officials from the Supreme People's Procuratorate (SPP), Supreme People's Court, Ministry of Public Security, Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Ecology and Environment.

Criminal acts that warrant severe penalties include discharging radiative, contagious or toxic waste across provinces or into key water bodies that flow through provinces.

The Yangtze River Economic Belt covers eleven provinces and provincial-level municipalities.

"This move shows our resolve to use the toughest law enforcement against polluters and will be a powerful deterrent to environmental crimes," said Wang Songmiao, a spokesperson for the SPP. "The judiciary has been paying very close attention to addressing the issue of pollution."


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