Top legislator Li Zhanshu called for full and effective implementation of the Air Pollution Control Law, during an inspection tour to central China's Henan Province from May 24 to 28.
Li, chairman of the National People's Congress Standing Committee and a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, said "the weapon of law should be used to safeguard the blue sky."
The inspection team led by Li visited the cities of Anyang, Zhengzhou and Luoyang in Henan, and inspected the provincial environmental protection department, enterprises, villages, construction sites, pollution monitoring stations and electric-bus charging stations.
When inspecting local enterprises, Li urged them to speed up transformation and upgrading, and pursue green development.
Pollution must be addressed from the source, Li said, adding that enterprises failing to meet environmental protection standards would be rectified or shut down.
"The result of pollution control should be judged by the people," Li said.
While acknowledging obvious improvements in air pollution control in Henan, Li said many problems remained and the situation was still grave.
Li called for major adjustment to the structure of the economy, industry, energy and transportation, and urged people's congresses at all levels to perform their functions, perfect the law and local regulations, and strengthen supervision.
(Xinhua News Agency May 29, 2018)