Over 100 Chinese held for environmental pollution

Beijing, June 18 (IANS) As many as 118 suspects have been detained in China for their involvement in environmental pollution cases, authorities said Tuesday.

The ministry of public security said the suspects were detained since January, Xinhua reported.

Most of the pollution cases involve mining or petrochemical factories.

Some factories reportedly discharged toxic substances into the environment illegally, while others used illegal middlemen to sell toxic waste to companies or individuals that were not qualified to process the waste, the ministry said.

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