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

Seventy percent of Chinese companies fail air pollution checks: media

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.

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

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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