Police in Shanxi province are looking into accusations that village officials took money to shield a polluting enterprise and that they bullied local protesters, according to the government of Linfen.
Some residents told CCTV that the waste had led to "tremendous pollution" in the village, but they were afraid to provide their names or air their grievances in public.
These civilian versions will be able to carry out a wide range of operations, such as engage in land surveys, environmental inspections and maritime surveillance, he told China Daily.
A statement released by the Linfen government on Wednesday said that two village officials involved have been placed in 15-day administrative detention, and an investigation of six others is continuing. The investigative team has also collected evidence from two leaders of Sanwei.
The project also showcased China's determination and sense of responsibility in combating climate change "by thoroughly and systematically examining its own carbon situation", Fang said.
A joint archaeological team carried out a survey of an area of about 2,000 square km in 33 counties and townships in Xiongan from June to December last year, according to the provincial Cultural Relics Institute.
In 1994, the area was designated as a key "battlefield" in the fight to alleviate poverty in the province, which brought more outside investment and talent.