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Because of environmental protection, Linfen, a prefecture-level city in Shanxi Province, entered the publics vision - after continuous interviews, the mayor of Linfen formally changed.
Recently, the 28th meeting of the Standing Committee of the Fourth Peoples Congress of Linfen City, Shanxi Province was held. After deliberation and voting, the meeting decided to appoint Dong Yibing as deputy mayor of the Municipal Peoples Government, accept Liu Yuqiangs request to resign as mayor of the Municipal Peoples Government, and decide that Dong Yibing will act as acting mayor of the Municipal Peoples Government.
It is noteworthy that in 2018, Linfen City, Shanxi Province ranked the lowest in the national key cities in air quality, while in 2017 and 2018, the head of the municipal government was interviewed twice by the Ministry of Environment. While the public feels that the backward students are facing enormous environmental pressure, it is also noted that Dong Yibing, the newly appointed mayor of Linfen Dynasty, served as secretary and director of the Party Group of Shanxi Provinces Department of Ecological Environment before his transfer.
Under the guiding ideology of green water and green hills are Jinshan and Yinshan, the head of the ecological environment department has also been frequently mobilized. Not only Linfen, but also many local ecological environment departments (i.e. the former Environmental Protection Department, after the institutional reform in 2018, with the establishment of the Ministry of Ecological Environment, the local environmental protection department has also been adjusted to the Department of Ecological Environment) and the director of the Department has been directly transferred to serve as the local party secretary or mayor, such as Chaiwei, Secretary of Liaoyuan Municipal Committee, Wang Yingchun, Secretary of Bengbu Municipal Committee, Ma Yi, Secretary of Zhengzhou Municipal Committee, and so on.
Linfen City has been confronted with interview for two consecutive years
In January 2017, Linfen, Shanxi Province, caused widespread social concern because of its sulfur dioxide concentration breaking thousands of times, and also made the local air quality become the focus of social concern.
That month, the former Ministry of Environmental Protection interviewed Liu Yuqiang, then mayor of Linfen City, Shanxi Province. According to the information released by the former Ministry of Environmental Protection, since the winter of 2016, the average concentration of sulfur dioxide in Linfen City has seriously exceeded the standard. However, Linfen City has not timely issued a forecast and warning to the community, nor has it taken effective targeted control measures to cope with passive work.
After this incident, environmental problems in Linfen have been exposed and environmental pressure has been increasing. In 2017, Linfen ranked bottom in the comprehensive index of environmental air quality of 11 cities in Shanxi Province.
At the end of March 2018, the Ministry of Ecological Environment found that some monitoring data of six state-controlled air automatic monitoring stations in Linfen City were abnormal, and the sampling system was disturbed by human activities.
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After investigation, Zhang Ye, former director of the Office of the Enlightenment Bureau of Zhang Wenqing, former director of Linfen Environmental Protection Bureau, and Zhang Yongpeng, an employee of the monitoring station, organized Xu Dong and others to deliberately implement the act of destroying environmental air automatic monitoring data. From April 2017 to March 2018, Zhang Yongpeng organized personnel to jam sampling heads and sprinkle water on monitoring equipment to interfere with six state-controlled air automatic monitoring stations in the city nearly 100 times, resulting in serious distortion of monitoring data up to 53 times.
In August 2018, the mayor of Linfen City was interviewed by the Ministry of Environment. Liu Yuqiang, then mayor of Linfen City, said in the interview that he felt deeply guilty for not doing his job well and in place.
The two interviews did not reverse the air quality of Linfen. In the air quality ranking of 169 key cities in 2018, Linfen ranked last.
In April this year, the 28th meeting of the Standing Committee of the Fourth Peoples Congress of Linfen City, Shanxi Province was held. After deliberation and voting, the meeting decided to appoint Dong Yibing as deputy mayor of the Municipal Peoples Government, accept Liu Yuqiangs request to resign as mayor of the Municipal Peoples Government, and decide that Dong Yibing will act as acting mayor of the Municipal Peoples Government.
An environmental protection expert told the Daily Economic Journalist that in the past two years, the problem of atmospheric environmental pollution in Linfen has become more prominent. On the one hand, it is due to geographical location, but more importantly, there are problems in the management and control of pollution sources. This time, the director of the Department of Environment acted as acting mayor of Linfen City. The intention of strengthening environmental management of Linfen City is very clear.
Monday Inspection Strictly Pays Attention to Environmental Protection Work
What changes can Dong Yibing bring to the local environmental quality after he is acting as mayor of Linfen? Perhaps some answers can be found from his previous similar political experience.
Before assuming the post of Director of Shanxi Environmental Protection Department in December 2017, Dong Yibing was appointed Deputy Secretary and Acting Mayor of Yangquan Municipal Committee in November 2015 and Deputy Secretary and Mayor of Yangquan Municipal Committee in March 2016.
In the winter of 2015, 1150 bauxite lime shaft kilns were banned in Yangquan City, and dust pollution in roads and construction sites was vigorously controlled, and positive results were achieved.
A local official in Yangquan told the daily economic journalist that he had fresh memories of the incident and had accumulated a lot of hard bones over the years, while Dong Yibing had made great efforts to protect the environment after taking office, and had taken a Monday inspection to quickly solve the backlog of environmental problems.
In June 2016, Dong Yibing led a team to visit Guo Changqing, then director of the Shanxi Environmental Protection Department. He held a dialogue on strengthening the ecological environmental protection work of Yangquan City, and strived for the support of the Shanxi Environmental Protection Department for the environmental protection work of Yangquan City.
In November 2016, Yangquan City was openly interviewed by the former Ministry of Environmental Protection because the average concentration of PM2.5 and PM10 increased significantly compared with the same period last year and the proportion of good days decreased year on year. At the meeting, Dong Yibing stressed that we should strictly comply with the requirements of environmental protection rectification and put the problems in place. Meanwhile, we should continue to work hard to further investigate all environmental protection issues.
Subsequently, the air quality of Yangquan City began to improve. By 2018, the average concentrations of PM2.5, PM10, SO2, NO2, CO and ozone in Yangquan City all decreased year on year, with the decreasing rates of 3.3%, 6.9%, 34.7%, 6.3%, 12% and 7.1%, respectively.
According to the above-mentioned officials, Dong Yibing has done a lot of work in the field of environmental protection during his tenure in Yangquan, which can be said to be a doer. The transfer of Linfen, presumably also hope to rely on his experience in environmental governance to improve the local environmental situation.
Frequently, the head of the environmental protection department is in charge of the local government.
Dong Yibing is not the first case in which the director of provincial environmental department has been transferred to the local government as a chief official. There have been several similar transfers before.
In February 2018, Chai Wei was appointed Secretary and Director of the Party Group of Jilin Provincial Environmental Protection Department. Later, in the reform of provincial institutions in Jilin Province, Chai Wei further performed as Secretary and Director of the Party Group of Jilin Provincial Environmental Protection Department. In November 2018, the Jilin Provincial Committee decided that Comrade Wang Liping would no longer serve as Secretary of the Liaoyuan Municipal Committee, while Comrade Chai Wei would serve as Member, Standing Committee and Secretary of the Liaoyuan Municipal Committee.
One month before the transfer, the Central First Ecological Environment Protection Supervision Group publicly reported the problem of inadequate regulation of the black and odorous water body of Xianren River in Liaoyuan City. The circular pointed out that Liaoyuan Municipal Party Committee and Government, as the main body of responsibility for the improvement of Xianren Rivers black and odorous water body, have not done much research on the improvement work, have not exerted enough efforts, have not worked properly and have a strong sense of urgency. Liaoyuan Municipal relevant departments have not implemented theone post, two responsibilitiesof ecological environment protection in place, have not done anything, and have done slowly... It even pushed the relevant regulatory responsibilities to other enterprises and institutions, and acted as a shotgun.
Earlier, in December 2017, Wang Yingchun was appointed Secretary of the Bengbu Municipal Party Committee from the post of Director of the Department of Environmental Protection of Anhui Province and Secretary of the Party Group.
In July 2017, the Central Environmental Protection Supervision Group gave feedback to the Anhui Provincial Party Committee and the provincial government, pointing out that the air quality of Bengbu, Huaibei, Tongling and Luan cities declined in the assessment of air pollution control in 2014, and the assessment results should be unqualified, but the actual assessment results are good or qualified. In Huaiyuan County of Bengbu City, domestic garbage has been stored in ponds without anti-seepage measures for a long time. Landfill leachate is discharged directly into the environment through ditches. Monitoring results show that the chemical oxygen demand and ammonia nitrogen concentration of leachate are as high as 4340 mg/l and 580 mg/l, respectively. The pollution is very prominent.
In addition, Ma Yi was appointed Deputy Secretary and Acting Mayor of Zhengzhou Municipal Committee of Henan Province by the Director of Henan Environmental Protection Department and Secretary of Party Group in December 2011. He is now the Standing Committee of Henan Provincial Committee and Secretary of Zhengzhou Municipal Committee. In February 2015, Jiahan was appointed Secretary of Nanping Municipal Committee of Fujian Province by the Director of Fujian Environmental Protection Department and Secretary of Party Group, and is now mayor of Xiamen City.
According to the above-mentioned environmental experts, before the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, the transfer of the environmental protection system to any or second-in-command of the local government also occurred, but it was relatively rare.
After the 18th National Congress, the status of the ecological environment has been unprecedented improved. Under the requirements of one post, two responsibilities and the same responsibilities of the Party and the government, the proportion of the ecological environment in the assessment of local governments has become higher and higher. It is also more common for the director of the Environmental Protection Department to appoint the first and second leaders of the local government. This is certainly a good thing for strengthening environmental protection work.