Environment & Energy Report

China Unveils Penalties for False Industrial Air Pollution Data

Oct. 31, 2019, 4:46 AM

China’s new penalties for companies that cheat on air pollution monitoring are unlikely to deter data manipulation unless the government adds stricter oversight, some analysts said.

A draft regulation released last week by the Ministry of Ecology and Environment includes penalties of $28,000 for companies that tamper with emissions monitoring systems or falsify data, with penalties for individuals caught falsifying data as high as two years’ worth of their salary.

“To put 200,000 yuan [$28,000] in scale, the extra [costs] for meeting the NOx emissions limits can easily come out to tens of millions of yuan per year for...

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