Ministry of Environmental Protection of The People`s Republic of China

Ministry of Environmental Protection of The People`s Republic of China

MEP Announces the Settlement Results of Major Environmental Cases Filed Through “12369” Hotline in 2013

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The “12369” environmental hotline run by MEP has helped urge the industry to act as main player to strictly perform environmental safety responsibility, enable the government to be more self-voluntary to play the regulatory role in environmental safety, and address a bunch of environmental problems which have adverse impact on public health, through multiple instruments such as earnestly accepting and processing public reports,overseeing the responses to the reported hot problems, and sharing information on reported cases on a regular basis.

The hotline accepted and processed 1,960reports in 2013, up 26% from a year earlier and all settled. Environmental incompliances were confirmed through ensuing investigations to 1,542 reports, accounting for 79%; and none of the problems accused by 418 reports was found, taking up 21%. Local environmental protectiondepartments had handled those environmental incompliances by law, ordering to make improvements within a specific period of time in 405 cases, ordering to suspend operations and make improvements in 337 cases, imposing fines to 236 cases, correcting the incompliances in the field in 215 cases, ordering to make up for the environmental reviews of 172 cases, banning and shutting down enterprises in 162 cases, andtransferring 69 cases to relevant authorities for further processing. All of those decisions had been well carried outso far.

The reports were mainly from central and eastern regions of China, and the top 5 provincialsources were Hebei (312 reports), Shandong (205), Jiangsu (190), Henan (139), and Guangdong (113), the combined reports of which accounted for 49% of the total. The environmental reportsincreased significantly in Hebei, Guangdong, and Shandong compared with a year earlier, by 82%, 40% and 27% respectively. On a national scale, the top 5 municipal sources were all from Hebei, which is, Baoding (57), Shijiazhuang (50), Cangzhou (47), Tangshan (42), and Langfang (39).

The leading polluter industry was chemical industry. The most reported industry in 2013 was also chemical industry, the reports about which accounted for 23% of the total acceptedreports, seconded by metal smelting industry (17%) and non-metal mineral processing industry (11%). The combined reports about the three industries occupied half of the total accepted reports. The share of reports about chemical, metal smelting and processing, waste processing, and textile printing and dyeing industries saw some increase, while that of building, mining and papermaking industries decreased to certain extent.

Atmospheric pollution was the top concern of the public. Atmospheric pollution has become an increasingly pressing problem in recent years, especially, driven by the hot debate on fog and haze andPM2.5 issues, the public has been all the more attentive to air pollution and the reports about it have been on the increase year by year. Reports on atmospheric pollution took up 73% of the total number in 2013, seconded by water pollution (37%) and then noise pollution (24%). The share of reports on air pollution went up 1%, on noise pollution up 0.5%, and on water pollution down 2% from a year earlier.

The tables below show the number of reports made by provinces, autonomous regions, and municipalities directly under the Central Government through “12369” hotline, as well as the number of the reportsmade by top 31 national cities at or above prefectural level in 2013.

Number of reports made by provinces, autonomous regions, and municipalities directly under the Central Government through “12369” hotline in 2013

Serial No.

Region

No. of reports

Serial No.

Region

No. of reports

1

Hebei

312

17

Fujian

42

2

Shandong

205

18

Sichuan

41

3

Jiangsu

190

19

Guangxi

36

4

Henan

139

20

Chongqing

36

5

Guangdong

113

21

Shanghai

30

6

Hubei

89

22

Jilin

29

7

Anhui

75

23

Xinjiang

21

8

Zhejiang

71

24

Gansu

19

9

Jiangxi

63

25

Yunnan

18

10

Liaoning

62

26

Beijing

17

11

Hunan

59

27

Guizhou

14

12

Shanxi

56

28

Ningxia

13

13

Tianjin

53

29

Hainan

6

14

Shaanxi

51

30

Qinghai

4

15

Heilongjiang

49

31

Tibet

0

16

Inner Mongolia

47

 

Total

1960

Number of the reports made by top 31 national cities at or above prefectural level through“12369” hotline in 2013

Serial No.

City

Province

No. of reports

Serial No.

City

Province

No. of reports

1

Baoding

Hebei

57

17

Shenzhen

Guangdong

16

2

Shijiazhuang

Hebei

50

18

Binzhou

Shandong

16

3

Cangzhou

Hebei

47

19

Guangzhou

Guangdong

15

4

Tangshan

Hebei

42

20

Harbin

Heilongjiang

15

5

Langfang

Hebei

39

21

Huangshi

Hubei

15

6

Linyi

Shandong

32

22

Shangrao

Jiangxi

15

7

Handan

Hebei

28

23

Hangzhou

Zhejiang

15

8

Nantong

Jiangsu

25

24

Anqing

Anhui

14

9

Xuzhou

Jiangsu

23

25

Xingtai

Hebei

14

10

Yangzhou

Jiangsu

23

26

Anyang

Henan

14

11

Suzhou

Jiangsu

20

27

Nanyang

Henan

14

12

Wuxi

Jiangsu

19

28

Jingzhou

Hubei

14

13

Weifang

Shandong

19

29

Liaocheng

Shandong

14

14

Xinxiang

Henan

18

30

Jixian

Tianjin

14

15

Yantai

Shandong

18

31

Wenzhou

Zhejiang

14

16

Yancheng

Jiangsu

17

 

 

 

 

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