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By Zheng Jinran | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated:2017-05-14 15:12More than 1,500 companies in seven provincial regions have been fined a combined total of 90.3 million yuan ($13 million) for polluting the environment, the Ministry of Environmental Protection said on Friday.The central government sent seven teams to inspect Tianjin municipality and Shanxi, Liaoning, Anhui, Fujian, Hunan and Guizhou provinces on April 24 — the third batch of monthlong inspections since July last year.
The inspectors received 14,479 reports from the public about pollution through May 9 and recommended 9,194 for further investigation.
In total, 142 people were detained on suspicion of polluting the environment, while 1,278 government officials have been held accountable for poor environmental protection practices.
“The inspections have prompted local governments to solve some pollution problems, and won applause from the public,” the ministry said in a statement.Related StoriesAir pollution more than half of environmental complaints in ChinaSandstorm envelops Beijing, air pollution reaches dangerous level248 firms near Beijing found to spew pollutionPhotoBelt and Road Forum for International Cooperation opens in BeijingBeijings landmarks light up for Belt and RoadGirl hand-writes Buddhist text as Mothers Day giftRussian medical workers attend training course of TCM in LanzhouWould-be dads taste pain of laborTransparent domes offer spectacular view of night sky in HunanLatestAlibaba signs comprehensive partnership with China TelecomChina holds Silk Road-themed art exhibitionChinese-manufactured subway trains delivered to TurkeyNDRC and WEF sign MoU to enhance cooperationNew logistics lab to improve package deliveryState Council NewsPremier stresses importance of moving Yellow River floodplain residentsCongratulatory letter to the Global Business Incubation SummitExclusiveBelt and Road receives global backingInfographic: Learning through Belt and RoadYoung mother raises child and hope on shale gas fieldEditors picksPanda blood carrier from Kazakhstan saves lives in ChinaChinese researchers create mood-based chatbotTen photos you dont wanna missTen photos from across China: April 28- May 4SpecialEducation: Views of deputies, membersNPC deputies from grassrootsBACK TO THE TOPHOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELWATCHTHISSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperMOBILECopyright 1995 -var oTime = new Date();
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