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Sichuan Cracking Down on Environmental Violations to Protect the Ecological Security of the Upper Reaches of the Yangtze River

  The reporter learned from the Sichuan Provincial Department of Ecology and Environment that Sichuan has been cracking down on environmental violations early this year. As of the end of April, Sichuan's ecological environment system excised 1,820 administrative penalties, with a fine of around 130 million yuan.

  Sichuan is an important ecological barrier and water conservation area in the upper reaches of the Yangtze River. Since the beginning of this year, Sichuan has organized a two-month intensive supervision of the prevention and treatment ofair pollution and water pollution, and punished outstanding environmental violations such as over-discharge,stealthy discharge and negligent discharge, and exercised “zero tolerance” for these violations. Among the 1,820 environmental violations under investigation, 226 cases were transferred to the five types ofalleged environmental pollution crimes, ayear-on-yearincrease of 48%, of which 78 were transferred to administrative detention and 5 to alleged environmental crimes.

  Mr. Li Yuedong, Deputy Director of the Sichuan Provincial Department of Ecology and Environment, said that Sichuan will continue to maintain stringent law enforcement, insist on attaching great importance to restore the Yangtze River ecological environment, and safeguard the ecological security of the upper reaches of the Yangtze River.

  At the same time, Sichuan will strengthen the use of high-tech means such as satellite remote sensing, online monitoring, drones, unmanned ships, and Wa’ming systems to promote the transition of ecological environment supervision from human defense alone to its combination with technical defense, and precisely target law-breaking enterprises and sources of pollution.

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