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Communist Party of China and local governments, the punished o
fficials also come from State-owned enterprises and public institutes, it said.
Jilin outnumbers the other seven provincial regions, with 177 punished officials. In one of
the cases there, 22 officials were punished because of the continuous deterioration of the Liaoyuan Riv
er and the slow progress in remediation of the water body in the city of Liaoyuan.
In the first half of 2017, the water quality of the river was found below Grade V, the lowest level in the co
untry’s five-tier water quality system, in eight of the nine monitoring stations along the stream. The ci
ty was also found to have only completed 28 of 67 projects that were listed in its 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-15).
Wang Liping, Party chief of Liaoyuan, for example, was re
moved from his post, and four officials were given severe warnings within the Party.
Previously, about 3,100 officials have been held accountable for environ
mental violations in the first three rounds of inspections, which were launched in late 2015.