(Yicai Global) Dec. 29 -- Local governments factory closures are a subtle middle finger to the National Environmental Protection Inspection Office, Liu Changgen, deputy director of the agency, said in a briefing yesterday.
It’s a lazy approach to environmental protection at a local level, Liu said, adding that the inspection office strongly opposes such practices and they affect the lives of everyday people.
Governments nationwide shut down factories to rapidly slash production after the Ministry of Environmental Protection announced in October that it would make local officials more accountable for smog control and name and shame those who failed to hit pollution targets.
Some accounts on social media platforms Weibo and WeChat embellished the truth in order to confuse the public, he added. Leaders will organize a task force to investigate the situation case by case and ensure the facts are released as soon as possible and problematic personnel are dealt with appropriately.