The latest chapter in SEPA’s war with local officials over lax environmental protection standards, from Xinhua via New Kerala:
China’s State Administration of Environment Protection (SEPA) has revealed that environmental statistics released by some local governments are false and local pollution indices have been fabricated.
“The figures on pollution control reported by the local government dropped remarkably this year, while the real environmental situation continues to deteriorate,” an official with SEPA said.
“The inaccurate figures were caused by insufficient supervision of the local governments and possible fabrication,” the official was quoted as saying by Xinhua news agency. [Full Text]