For example, Xu Jianhui and Xu Yuxian, two villagers in Yaoguan county, Changzhou city in Jiangsu province, had washed cans that previously contained resin and other chemical products from 2010 to September 2014, and the wastewater with toxic components contaminated the underground water and soil.
They have received their criminal penalties but the contaminated environment has not been restored. However, the city’s prosecuting authority won a public-interest case to make them pay for the costs of the restoration process.
On April 14, 2016, they were sentenced to hire a professional agency to deal with the contaminated soil, water and residue, and also pay 1.5 million yuan for the environment recovery. It’s the first environment public-interest case filed by a prosecuting authority in China.