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Seventy percent of Chinese companies fail air pollution checks: media
June 11, 2017 / 6:18 AM / 3 months ago

Seventy percent of Chinese companies fail air pollution checks: media

FILE PHOTO: A woman wears a mask as she rides near the Bund during a polluted day in Shanghai, China, January 2, 2017. REUTERS/Aly Song

BEIJING (Reuters) - More than 70 per cent of companies checked by Chinese authorities failed environmental standards during the latest round of air pollution inspections, state media reported on Sunday.

The findings came after two months of inspections across 28 cities in the notoriously smoggy Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region and other nearby areas, the official Xinhua news agency said.

The inspections found 13,785 companies - or 70.6 per cent of those inspected - violated standards, with problems ranging from excessive emissions to insufficient pollution control equipment.

The government has thrown its weight behind an ambitious “Jing-jin-ji” plan to integrate the three neighboring cities, in part to alleviate the strain on the capital, Beijing, and relocate heavy industry away from major population hubs.

Reporting by Philip Wen; Editing by Robert Birsel

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