On April 19, China's Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) released the results of an inspection on air pollution control, which included enterprises in Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei and their surrounding areas. A total of 62.6 percent of the inspected enterprises, or 248 out of 396 companies, failed to meet stated environmental protection standards.
According to the MEP, among the unqualified enterprises, 27 failed to install pollution-reducing facilities, and 21 had devices that were not functioning properly. In addition, two companies failed the inspection because of issues related to volatile organic compounds (VOC).
During the inspection, some enterprises were found to have faked monitoring data. For instance, a cement factory in Zibo, Shandong province fudged its overall area, impairing the accuracy of emissions figures reported to its online monitoring system. Other companies manually interfered with monitoring devices to alter data.
The MEP said its inspection teams have transferred these cases to related local departments for further investigation.