The first Central Environmental Protection Inspection Team stationed in Tianjin Municipality a couple of days ago upon the approval of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council, in a bid to launch environmental inspection there, as part of the efforts to implement the guidelines of the important instructions of General Secretary Xi Jinping on promoting ecological progress and protecting the environment, and the major decisions and deployments of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council. The inspection team held a mobilization meeting in Tianjin on Apr. 28. The team leader Jiang Jufeng and deputy team leader Zhao Yingmin delivered remarks on doing well in the inspection. Secretary of the CPC Tianjin municipal committee Li Hongzhong delivered a mobilization speech. The meeting was chaired by Wang Dongfeng, Governor of the municipal government.
Jiang Jufeng pointed out that the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at the core has taken all factors into consideration while implementing the overall plan for promoting economic, political, social, cultural and ecological progresses and balanced and promoted the “four-pronged comprehensive strategy”; it has put ecological development and environmental protection at a more important, strategic position. The environmental protection inspection is one of the major institutional arrangements of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council for promoting ecological progress and protecting the environment. General Secretary Xi Jinping highly valued it and required taking it as a cutting point to promote ecological progress, highlighting the equal responsibility of the Party and the government for environmental protection, and tightening the implementation of “one position with two responsibilities” system. With respect to the pilot inspection in Hebei Province, General Secretary Xi made important instructions and required adhering to the problem-oriented principle, putting great efforts in revealing problems, being brave to take a serious attitude, paying close attention to this task, and making new headways with the ecological progress. In December 2016, Xi made important instructions once again on promoting ecological progress and required intensifying the environmental inspection, seriously investigating and punishing disciplinary and legal violations, making strenuous efforts to address pressing ecological problems, and enabling the public to perceive the improving ecological environment.
Jiang Jufeng stressed that the inspection team stationed in Tianjin to, first and foremost, check whether the municipal Party committee and municipal government have well implemented the national decisions and deployments for environmental protection, solved pressing environmental problems, and taken the main responsibility for protecting the environment in the city. The team will adhere to the problem-oriented principle, monitor closely the pressing environmental problems that have raised high attention of the central authorities, are strongly complained by the public, and have bad social ramifications, as well as how they are settled; inspect the areas and watersheds that have experienced deteriorating environmental quality and how they have been treated; check whether immediate actions have been taken to rectify the living environment problems reported by the people; check if there is any nonfeasance or misconduct by the local Party committee and relevant government departments; and check the performances of local Party committees and governments in sharing the responsibility for protecting the environment, how the “one position with two responsibilities” system has been implemented, and how the liabilities are accounted for. The party committees and governments at all levels in Tianjin should work closely around the overall plan for promoting economic, political, social, cultural, and ecological progresses and the “four-pronged comprehensive strategy”, firmly embrace the “four kinds of awareness”, implement the new development concepts, and make sure the major decisions and deployments of the central authorities to take root and yield substantial effects.
In response, Li Hongzhong said the environmental protection inspection represents a major institutional arrangement of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council in promoting the ecological progress and protecting the environment. Since the 18th National Congress of the CPC was held, General Secretary Xi Jinping has put forward the innovation-driven, coordinated, green, open, and sharing-based development ideas, and made a series of important statements on promoting ecological progress. Those statements form a chapter on promoting the ecological progress amidst the new concepts, ideas, and initiatives proposed by the General Secretary for governing the country. The local Party committees, governments, and relevant departments at all levels should thoroughly learn and implement the important statements of General Secretary Xi Jinping on promoting ecological progress, build their work on the “three strives” requirements proposed by Xi during his inspection tour to Tianjin, follow the guidance of the five major development concepts, press ahead with promoting the ecological progress and protecting the environment, and align their thoughts and actions with the decisions and deployments of the central authorities. Li Hongzhong required that they should make greater efforts in fulfilling responsibilities, give full support to the inspection team, report the information truthfully, make rectifications alongside the inspection, improve the support measures, and accept the inspection with a high sense of political awareness and a serious attitude. They should take the opportunity the central inspection presents, pay great attention to the implementation of responsibilities, highlight the problem-oriented principle, improve the long-term mechanism, and comprehensively improve the ecological development and environmental protection levels.
At the meeting, Zhao Yingmin proposed requirements for cooperating well with the inspection team, overseeing the rectifications, sharing the information, and providing adequate conditions for the inspection. Members of the inspection team, officials concerned with the National Office of Environmental Protection Inspection, and leadership of the municipal Party committee and municipal government attended the meeting. Leading officials of the municipal people’s congress and local political advisory committees, leading officials of the relevant departments under the municipal Party committee and government, as well as the principal leading officials of district Party committees and governments observed the meeting. Other leading officials of the district Party committees and governments as well as the persons-in-charge of relevant departments observed the meeting via video teleconference.
The first Central Environmental Protection Inspection Team is scheduled to be stationed in Tianjin for about one month from Apr. 28 to May 28. The telephone is 022-23109119. The postal address is Mailbox #478, Tianjin Municipality. The inspection team will take phone calls between 08:00 and 20:00. According to the requirements of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council, and the terms of reference of the inspection team, the team will accept and process complaints by letter and by telephone in respect of environmental protection in Tianjin. Other problems falling out of the purview of the team will be transferred to the regions, organizations and departments concerned.