Companies Paid Sixty Million Yuan in Pollution Penalties
Companies that polluted Shenzhen this year have paid Sixty million yuan in penalties and the highest single fine paid was 650,000 yuan after the new environmental protection law took effect in January 1. After the new law was introduced environmental authorities stepped up inspection and increased prosecution of violations. During the first quarter of 2014, 304 cases that involved environmental violations were found citywide, but none were considered criminal cases.
During the first two quarters of the year, 14 pollution cases were transferred to the police for further criminal investigation and this number soared to 23 cases in the third quarter, penalties given out increase to 23.69 million yuan from 17.88 million yuan in the past three quarters. Due to the intensified inspection and increased penalties, environmental violations around the city has dropped by 25 percent in the past three quarters compared with the same period last year. Companies that caused pollution in Shenzhen this year paid penalties of 60.73 million yuan. the city also implemented the enforcement of daily penalty after the new law took effect meaning companies that violate the law are fined each day until the stop violating the pollution law.
A spokesperson from the city’s human settlements and environmental commission stated that Bao’an district have 400 companies that are polluting more than in other district in the city. With the new regulations, violations dropped by 5 percent in the past year. Bao’an district authority encourages residents to report violations by calling or sending messages in the official Weibo account of the district environmental protection and water affairs bureau. Rewards of 3,000 yuan will be given once the reports of the environmental violation are verified.