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Officials use fake data to evade capacity curbs
    2017-December-28  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

THE government has pointed its finger at local officials in Shandong, one of the country’s most industrialized provinces, for deceiving authorities to evade capacity cuts in the polluting coal, steel, aluminum and chemical sectors.

In a statement late Tuesday, the Ministry of Environmental Protection said Binzhou City, China’s aluminum smelter hub, used fake certificates and false data to win approval for 2.4 million tons of new aluminum capacity in 2014.

The environmental regulator also said Rizhao Steel, a major producer, continued to run a mill with 5.94 million tons of capacity after it had been due to shut in 2015.

The ministry said all the issues with Binzhou and Rizhao had been resolved by the end of October this year, but did not give details.

The sharply-worded statement came after the Central Government sent teams of inspectors to Shandong, Jilin, Zhejiang, Hainan, Sichuan, Qinghai, Tibet and Xinjiang in August and September. A total of 40,706 incidents of environmental damage were uncovered.

The singling out of companies in a specific province will serve as a warning to officials of the potential consequences of not falling into line with the government’s mandated capacity cuts.

Since August, more than 10,000 companies in Shandong were fined a total of 100 million yuan (US$15.3 million) by inspectors, the Ministry of Environmental Protection said.

Some 1,268 officials in the province have been held accountable for cases of environmental damage, the ministry said.

Shandong ranked 18th among 31 provinces and regions in China’s first “green development” index released Tuesday, which listed regional governments that promote environmentally friendly development.

Local officials in Shandong lack awareness of environmental issues, according to the statement.(SD-Agencies)

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