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Report: $2.5 billion to fight Chinese water pollution was misued

China audit finds more than $2.5 billion used to fight water pollution misused

  • China audit finds more than $2.5 billion used to fight water pollution misused
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  • China’s National Audit Office has told 31 provinces to check use of funds to treat water pollution, Xinhua said.
  • In December, the audit office said more than 3,000 people had been punished and 160 billion yuan in funds “rectified” during an audit of the 2015 budget.

The funds were meant to go toward 397 projects in 18 provinces, with some regions seeing serious failings in enforcing environmental protection laws.

@businessinsider: China audit finds more than $2.5 billion used to fight water pollution misused

A journalist takes a sample of the red polluted water in the Jianhe River in Luoyang, Henan province December 13, 2011. REUTERS/China Daily

SHANGHAI — China’s audit office found that 17.6 billion yuan ($2.56 billion) earmarked for water pollution prevention work in 2016 was not effectively used, Xinhua reported Sunday.

The funds were meant to go toward 397 projects in 18 provinces, with some regions seeing serious failings in enforcing environmental protection laws, said the report.

China’s National Audit Office has told 31 provinces to check use of funds to treat water pollution, Xinhua said.

In December, the audit office said more than 3,000 people had been punished and 160 billion yuan in funds “rectified” during an audit of the 2015 budget.

In August, China’s top economic planner said it would audit 1.8 trillion yuan in special construction funds.

Report: $2.5 billion to fight Chinese water pollution was misued