China environment fines rise 56 percent to $963 million in 2016: ministry




  • In World
  • 2017-04-21 02:40:08Z
  • By Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - China imposed total fines of 6.63 billion yuan ($963.30 million)for environmental violations in 2016, up 56 percent compared to the previous year, the environment ministry said in a statement on Friday.

It said ahead of a media briefing that it punished a total of 137,800 environmental violations in 2016, up 34 percent from 2015, in its efforts to boost law enforcement and compliance.

(Reporting by Sue-Lin Wong; Writing by David Stanway; Editing by Eric Meijer)

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