China arrests 186 for environmental pollution in 2013

Date of Release: 
Jun 12 2014

China arrested 186 people on charges of environmental pollution in 2013 in a total of 109 cases, environment minister Zhou Shengxian announced on Thursday.

He did not reveal how many were convicted.

Environmental authorities shut down more than 3,500 companies and workshops in a nationwide campaign last year, uncovering 6,499 cases involving environmental problems, he said.

A total of 706 cases related to environmental rule violations were transferred to police last year, more than the total of the previous 10 years combined, according to Zhou.

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