China closed down a total of 3,176 polluting enterprises amid a campaign in
which 720,000 companies have been checked for their pollution discharges last
year, according to the country's top environment watchdog.
In the campaign, the State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA) and
other departments investigated 28,000 cases violating related environmental laws
and regulations and settled 13,000 of the total.
Threats to the sources of drinking water, industrial parks densely
distributed with polluting enterprises and construction projects likely to
damage the environment were the major targets in the campaign, according to the
"Pollution by industrial parks has been curbed effectively," said an official
with the administration.
A total of 1,981 industrial parks across the country, involving 29,890
enterprises, were subject to investigation, and 4,162 polluting companies got
severe punishment, the official said.
Other six ministerial departments, including the Ministry of Supervision,
participated in the campaign.