Factories Violating Environmental Protection Laws Ordered to Shut Down
The city environmental watch reveal that around forty five factories were shut down for polluting the environment from January to July of this year. The shut down cases were handed over to the proper authorities for criminal investigation which is seen over by the Shenzhen Municipal Human Settlements and Environment Commission.
The commission is said to impose fines that will reach a total of 43 million yuan on more than 900 enterprises in the first seven months of 2014 for illegally discharging pollutants. The commission recently launch a campaign called Action Thunderbolt that targeted industrial pollution, radiation leaks and excessive vehicle emissions. During the said campaign the commission went around and inspected more than 500 enterprises and investigated 23 of these enterprises that they suspected of breaking the environmental protection law.
If found guilty these 23 enterprises will be asked to take measures to remedy their violations or will face punishment if they will fail further inspections and monitoring. The commission also revealed other companies that were found guilty of discharging waste water without undergoing treatment. Furthermore the commission will be targeting small workshops such as electroplating factories that are also known to pollute the environment.