Serious polluters in China are going to risk more than a hefty fine for their actions, according to the Chinese state media, Xinhua news agency.
The company recently reported that the Chinese government has given the country’s courts the option of handing down a death penalty in serious pollution cases.
“In the most serious cases the death penalty could be handed down,” Xinhua said.
The move comes as protests have started to mount against the continuous industrial push in China.
Last month, for example, thousands of Chinese took to the streets in Kunming to protest against the planned production of a specific chemical at a local plant.