China says addressing pollution in Inner Mongolia

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Posted: Jun 03, 2011 4:38 AM

A Chinese official says the government and local agencies are addressing pollution concerns that sparked clashes leading to a wave of ethnic protests across Inner Mongolia.

Last month's protests followed the killings of two Mongols who were seeking to block coal-mining and coal-hauling operations that locals complain damage grasslands and cause pollution.

Vice Environment Minister Li Ganjie said Friday that "the situation has calmed down and I'm confident the relevant issues will be properly addressed."

He said he believes local governments and environmental protection agencies will hold companies accountable that break laws and regulations.