China will release a new information platform to allow the public to track the emissions of polluting enterprises and help authorities prosecute those that break the rules or try to evade supervision, according to Reuters report On Friday.
China struggled to collect the information required to make the system work. Also,it has faced obstruction and data fraud from some polluting firms.
According to the Chinese environment ministry, the new information platform will allow authorities and members of the public to monitor real-time emission levels and check historical data in order to determine whether rules are being breached. It is set to come into effect on March 1.
On other hand, Liu Zhiquan the senior official with the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE), explained that they would take stronger action against firms that pollute without authorisation and falsify emissions data.
Moreover, the total of 2.36 million companies, industrial facilities and institutions in China are legally obliged to obtain permits to emit pollutants like sulphur dioxide or wastewater.
In addition, the polluting firms are obliged to put in monitoring tools and hold at the very least 5 years of knowledge, with fines of 200,000 yuan ($31,000) for those who fail to take action. Fines of 1 million yuan could be imposed on corporations that pollute with out permission.