CHINA CRACKS DOWN ON "PERFUNCTORY" ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
In an effort to crack down on officials who are engaging in "perfunctory" environmental protection work, China has ordered inspectors to keep their eyes peeled for perfunctory, superficial, or fraudulent environmental rectifications. Inspectors have been reviewing authorities' responses to environmental violations previously uncovered during a central government probe. In the first half of June, 641 firms were fined a total of 58 million yuan ($8.92 million) for failing to properly rectify violations, and 58 people were detained. A second round of inspections is underway. For the full story, see https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-china-pollution/china-cracks-down-on-….