Chinese environmental authorities on Friday announced 1,140 officials of eight provincial-level regions have been punished, following investigations by central inspectors in 2016.
Four of the cases were transferred to the judiciary, after central authorities conducted month-long on-site environmental inspections in eight regions from July to August 2016, the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) said Thursday in a statement on its website.
Inspectors found and transferred 100 cases related to environmental damage to local governments, demanding further investigation, Liu Changgen, deputy director of the national environmental inspection office was quoted as saying by the Xinhua News Agency on Thursday.
Forty-six local Party committee members and 299 local government officials were held accountable for environmental damage, according to the MPE statement.
Further laws will be developed with stronger criminal penalties,” Zhu Lijia, a professor of public management at the Chinese Academy of Governance, told the Global Times on Thursday.