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17,000 polluting companies closed in China

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China shut down 17,000 polluting enterprises following a pollution discharge inspection of 1.41 million companies from January to September this year, the Ministry of Environmental Protection said.

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Another 28,600 firms were ordered to suspend their operation. Among the violators, 46,800 enterprises were found to have discharged pollutants and 63,700 were involved in illegal construction projects, the ministry said.

In November, the ministry dispatched inspection teams to 504 enterprises across the country, including Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, Inner Mongolia, Guangdong and Xinjiang.

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