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China Jails Almost 50 Steel Executives for Faking Emissions Data

  • Sentences show Beijing’s environmental crackdown intensifying
  • Mill staff sentenced to prison terms of six to eighteen months

China will jail forty-seven steel company officials for faking air pollution data, in a sign that Beijing’s crackdown on firms that are flouting environmental rules is intensifying.

The officials who worked at four mills in Tangshan city near Beijing, China’s top steelmaking hub, were give prison sentences from six to eighteen months, the municipal government said in a statement on its WeChat channel that cited court documents.