Fine for barbecues in China: resident in Hainan was fined 600 yuan for cooking on outdoor fire

During the on-site inspection, a resident of Ledong Li Autonomous County, Hainan Province was found to have "lit a fire and greatly polluted the environment" by cooking on an open fire, and the People's Government offered to punish him with 600 yuan. In the past two days, the "Advance Notice of Administrative Penalty" issued by the local government has been circulated on Chinese social media, sparking heated discussions among netizens.


Since May 11, a government document has been circulating on Chinese social media under the number "Punishment of Dazhi [2022] No. 8". The document, titled "Advance Notice of Administrative Punishment by the People's Government of Ledong Li Autonomous Prefecture," briefly describes the entire incident.


From the contents of the document, it can be seen that on May 10, law enforcement officers conducted an on-site inspection of the third brigade of the city committee and found that one of the residents was cooking food on an open fire in the landing field, which caused air pollution due to smoke from the fire, the behavior of this resident violated the relevant provisions of laws and regulations such as the Law of the People's Republic of China on the Prevention and Control of Air Pollution, the Law on Administrative Punishments of the People's Republic of China and Hainan Province.


Based on the above implementation basis and applicable laws, the People's Government issued a penalty decision for this resident: "It is proposed to impose a fine of six hundred yuan."


Article 119, paragraph 1, of the Air Pollution Prevention and Control Law of the People's Republic of China stipulates that if the relevant provisions of this law are violated, the relevant departments will prescribe corrections and may impose a fine of 500-2000 yuan.