Xinhua Headlines: Enhanced law enforcement to make skies blue again

Aerial photo taken on April 30, 2018 shows the Baiyangdian scenic area in Xiongan New Area, north China's Hebei Province. (Xinhua/Shen Bohan)


The NPC Standing Committee sent four teams to eight provincial-level regions to check the implementation of the law from May to June. It also entrusted local legislatures in 23 other provincial-level areas with law enforcement inspections.

In Linzhou, central China's Henan Province, a leading local official said that the first thing he does in the morning is to open the window and check whether Taihang Mountain can be clearly seen. "I immediately get nervous if the smog in the city obscures the mountain," the official said, hinting at his increasing sense of responsibility.

China has formulated a series of measures to ensure governments and enterprises bear due responsibilities in air pollution control in recent years, making it clear that the major official of an administrative region shoulders ultimate responsibility in environmental protection in the region.

Targeting at perfunctory local officials, the inspectors innovated their mean of inspection by holding a symposium attended by representatives of legislature at all levels and the public, as well as inviting local officials and business owners to sit a pop quiz on air pollution control.

"The attendees are required to finish 10 questions within five minutes," said Zhang Shuli, deputy head of the Department of Environmental Protection of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

Cheng Lifeng, a member of the inspection team and NPC Standing Committee, said the quiz results showed that studying the law is still not enough for some officials and business owners, and some are even unfamiliar with important laws and regulations.

"Leading Party and government officials must strengthen legal study and improve their abilities to control air pollution through legal means," Cheng said.

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