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Beijing fines 652 firms for pollution in four months

Published on May 5, 2014 4:09 PM
 
 Authorities in Beijing (above) fined 652 industrial facilities for breaching environmental regulations in the first four months of the year as the Chinese capital stepped up efforts to fight pollution. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS 

BEIJING (REUTERS) - Authorities in the Chinese capital fined 652 industrial facilities for breaching environmental regulations in the first four months of the year as it stepped up efforts to fight pollution.

Beijing's air quality has come under intense scrutiny since January last year, when heavy smog settled over the city to the alarm of its residents.

Premier Li Keqiang in March promised a "war on pollution" as the country seeks to stem public anger over premature deaths while weaning the economy off over-dependence on energy-guzzling heavy industry.

Beijing's Environmental Protection Bureau handed out fines totalling 14.5 million yuan (S$2.9 million) over the first four months of the year, it told state media on Sunday.

 
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