China News Network, September 9 -- On September 26, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment held a regular press conference in September. Liu Zhiquan, director of the Department of Environmental Impact Assessment and Emission Management of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, said that the Ministry of Ecology and Environment will resolutely punish fraudulent EIAs; Persist in preventing micro-developments, carry out early warnings on abnormal employment of EIA personnel on a quarterly basis, use intelligent review of EIA documents to timely discover emerging problems, and cooperate with human resources and social security departments to normalize investigation and crack down on "affiliation" and other behaviors.
Liu Zhiquan introduced that in recent years, under the trend of severe punishment and heavy punishment, the quality of EIA documents has continued to improve, and the EIA market has further stimulated vitality. However, some people still commit crimes against the wind, seriously disrupting market order and undermining the credibility of the EIA system. To this end, the ecological and environmental departments continue to strengthen the connection between environmental administrative law enforcement and criminal justice, and bring criminals to justice. Four people were sentenced in the environmental impact assessment fraud case of Shandong Jinhua Environmental Protection Technology Co., Ltd., which was announced in May, and eight people were sentenced in the recently announced environmental impact assessment fraud case of Jiangxi Zhanhang Environmental Protection Technology Co., Ltd., and the actual controller, legal representative, "affiliated" EIA engineer and other illegal criminals of the EIA unit were severely punished by law.
Liu Zhiquan pointed out that it is necessary to profoundly draw lessons, learn from cases, draw inferences from one example, and strengthen the implementation of responsibilities.
First, EIA units must strictly implement their direct responsibilities. EIA units play a technical supporting role in the EIA of construction projects, bear direct responsibility for the content and conclusions of EIA documents, and must operate in accordance with the law and operate in good faith in their work, relying on providing high-quality EIA documents to win the market.
Second, EIA engineers must strictly implement important responsibilities. EIA engineers play a crucial role in the preparation of EIA documents. The EIA engineer involved in the case "depended" his professional qualification as an EIA engineer for the sake of small profits, crossed the bottom line of professional ethics and the bottom line of the law, and caused irreparable serious impact on work, life and family.
Third, the construction unit must strictly implement the main responsibility. The EIA laws and regulations clearly stipulate that the construction unit is responsible for the content and conclusions of the EIA documents, and shall bear the main responsibility for the quality of the EIA documents of the construction project. Warning construction units must attach great importance to it, give priority to EIA units with good credit and meet the requirements of the capacity building guidelines, implement the main responsibility, and review the content and conclusions of the EIA documents, and must not cause irreparable losses or even bear serious legal consequences due to small mistakes and large mistakes.
At the same time, EIA approval and assessment departments and experts must strictly implement the responsibility of gatekeeping. Where the EIA documents with quality problems are approved, the approval department, assessment body and experts shall be notified together, and those with serious quality problems shall be required to revoke the approval according to law and strictly pursue responsibility.
Liu Zhiquan said that in the next step, the ecological and environmental department will adhere to the "strict" tone, resolutely punish the fraud of environmental impact assessments, actively coordinate with local and public security and law departments to strengthen the connection between administrative law enforcement and criminal justice, implement the "Interpretations on Several Issues Concerning the Application of Law in the Handling of Environmental Pollution Criminal Cases" jointly issued by the "two supremes", and crack down on fraudulent EIAs. The second is to persist in preventing micro-developments, continue to strengthen daily supervision, carry out early warning of abnormal employment of EIA personnel on a quarterly basis, use intelligent re-verification of EIA documents to timely discover emerging problems, and cooperate with the human resources and social security department to normalize investigation and crack down on "affiliation" and other behaviors, and remove the "soil" for illegal and illegal practices. The third is to adhere to the long-term perspective, further strengthen the construction of a long-term mechanism for EIA supervision, revise the Measures for the Supervision and Administration of the Preparation of Environmental Impact Reports (Forms) for Construction Projects, and comprehensively strengthen the quality supervision of EIA documents.