China to Investigate Environmental Cases in East, South China

The Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP), the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) and the Supreme People's Procuratorate (SPP) have decided to jointly investigate environmental cases in east China's Jiangsu Province and South China's Guangdong Province, according to an announcement from the SPP on Thursday.

This marked the first time the three ministries have worked together to launch an investigation, which would impel local governments and departments to look into the cases, said an official with the SPP.

China targets corruption in environment impact assessment

China has revised regulations on environmental impact assessors to combat corruption, the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) said on Thursday.

The regulation prohibits any enterprises funded by environmental authorities or their affiliates from being accredited as assessment agencies.

The regulation also tightens supervision over the environment impact assessments, including raising fines, holding both agencies and practitioners accountable for wrongdoing, and making the process more transparent.

China begins environmental assessment in economic powerhouses

China launched a strategic environmental impact assessment across its three major economic powerhouses, the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) said Tuesday.

The assessment will cover the northern Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, as well as the Yangtze River Delta and the Peal River Delta in the south.

Pan Yue, vice minister of the MEP, said these regions, while being substantial economic growth drivers, were infamous for their environmental problems, and this had stirred the public to demand change.