It handed over 124 tons of hazardous waste in late 2012 to

 two local farmers who simply buried it and caused severe environmental degra

dation, according to a local court verdict reached in January of 2017. The company w

as fined 1 million yuan ($148,850), and two senior executives were given suspended jail terms.

In July 2017, a local environmental watchdog fined the company 280,000 yuan for va

rious violations including misconduct in hazardous waste management.

Hazardous waste could potentially be radioactive, toxic, highly corrosive or otherwise ha

rmful to people and the environment. Therefore, these materials require special treatment.

At a news conference in late March, Qiu Qiwen, head of the sol

id waste and chemicals management department of the Mini

stry of Ecology and Environment, said that the proper treatment of hazardous waste and other solid

waste is of great significance as it’s fundamental to improving air, water and soil quality.

Qiu’s department was newly established in the ministry’s latest institutional reshuffle in the second h

alf of last year — a move meant to strengthen governance over hazardous waste treatment.

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