The level of pollution in China is getting worse, AFP reported. A report by the State Environmental Protection Administration, the country's environmental watchdog, said local governments and industries continue to ignore environmental laws in their pursuit for growth. Pollution in rivers and lakes is worsening and air pollution in cities is affecting the health of millions. Booming industries coupled with a lack of emphasis on environmental controls at the local level are mostly to blame, the report noted. "Some district level governments are evaluating only 30 to 40 % of industrial projects before approving them," the administration said. The country produced more than 12 billion tons of industrial waste-water in the first six months of the year, up 2.4% from the same period in 2005.