Local governments in eight cities in northeast China’s Liaoning province have been fined a total of 54.2 million yuan (US$8.9 million) for air pollution, Xinhua news agency reported Tuesday, citing the provincial environment protection department. The fines, the first the provincial agency has imposed on lower-level governments, send a clear signal that the provincial government is becoming more serious about tackling air pollution, it noted. Shenyang, the provincial capital, was ordered to pay a fine of 34.6 million yuan. Seven other cities, including Dalian and Anshan, were fined 19.6 million yuan, the report said. The tough penalties come as severely polluted air has become a main source of complaints and frustration over health concerns among urban residents.
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