Beijing Water

China’s premier vows to hold officials accountable for environmental failures

October 16, 2000

China’s premier says local officials will be held accountable for pollution problems after the country failed to meet official environmental goals, state media reported Wednesday.

Beijing: China’s premier says local officials will be held accountable for pollution problems after the country failed to meet official environmental goals, state media reported Wednesday. Wen Jiabao said officials will have to report on energy consumption and emissions every six months in a new initiative that aims to cut energy consumption by 20 percent, reduce major pollutants by 10 percent and increase forest coverage from 18.2 percent to 20 percent by 2010, the China Daily newspaper said. Wen said environmental protection will be used in assessing officials’ job performance after China failed to meet eight of 20 targets set five years ago for such things as cutting air pollution and improving water quality, the paper said. … Also Wednesday, a news report quoted the chief environmental regulator as saying China has suffered 76 environmental accidents, or one every two days, since a toxic river spill in November in China’s northeast forced a major city to shut down its drinking water system. (Excerpt)

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