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China to revise Environmental Protection Law

03-07-2014 21:15 BJT Special Report: 2014 NPC & CPPCC Sessions |

The current Environmental Protection Law has been in force since 1989, with two major amendments made in 1995 and 2000. But frequent environmental incidents over the last decade have rendered the old law ineffective in protecting the environment.

The new revision, which has already passed three readings, includes statements such as “environmental protection is a basic national policy”, and threatens fines with no upper limits for repeated polluters. New revisions have also been added with focus on improving information transparency and encouraging public participation. These measures also emphasize the role of local governments in enforcing environmental laws.

Another major change to the legislation also includes items aimed at addressing the recent bout of heavy air pollution, that wasn’t a critical issue in its amendment back in 2000.

Editor:James |Source: CCTV.com

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