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Jan 17, 2019 06:18 PM
ENVIRONMENT

How A Corrupt Testing System Left Pollution Unchecked in China

Employees of the environmental monitoring department of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment say that the work quality of environmental monitoring institutions is uneven. Photo: Zhou Chen/Caixin
Employees of the environmental monitoring department of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment say that the work quality of environmental monitoring institutions is uneven. Photo: Zhou Chen/Caixin

Despite investing huge material and financial resources into China’s war on pollution, glaring falsifications and outright corruption persist in some of China’s fundamental environmental monitoring data.

Environmental testing and monitoring was privatized in 2015, and has since become an enormous and lucrative industry. The work — which includes monitoring water quality at sewage plants, toxic emissions by appliances and vehicles, and levels of different chemicals in the air and water — is now largely performed by for-profit private companies.

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