In mid-May 2019, China’s first round of central government environmental inspections and follow-up reviews were wrapped up. It is reported that the central government has been vigorously preparing for a new round of actions to enhance environmental protection efforts.
Back in August 2015, the state issued the Program of Environmental Inspections (trial), the Program for Construction of Ecological and Environmental Monitoring Networks,  the Pilot Program for Auditing Outgoing Government Officials’ Management of Natural Assets,  and the Measures for Liability Investigation of Party and Government Officials for Damage to Ecological Environment (trial).  These documents together clarified the system of environmental inspections and constituted a basic framework for the initiative. In line with them, the major focus in environmental inspections was shifted from businesses to governments.
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