CHINESE MINISTRY FINDS SHANGHAI HAS WEAK ENVIRONMENTAL ENFORCMENT

04/17/2017

Although Shanghai has been successful in some environmental protection efforts, the city is lagging behind significantly in its efforts to improve environmental quality. A month-long investigation by the Ministry of Environmental Protection found that garbage was being dumped illegally; approximately a third of the city’s water was unfit for either farm or industrial use; and the city has delayed improvements to its sewage and wastewater treatment. The current environmental conditions have been attributed to local officials not taking responsibility for pollution regulation, insufficient pressure from the government to comply with environmental regulations, and weak penalties against consistent polluters. Some suggest that delegating environmental enforcement to local governments may be problematic, as local officials may intentionally turn a blind eye to pollution in order to protect jobs and government revenue. For the full story, see http://uk.reuters.com/article/us-china-pollution-shanghai-idUKKBN17E0GT…;