Sunday, March 9, 2014

China to Strengthen Environmental Law Enforcement

China to Strengthen Environmental Law Enforcement:

CRI's Cao Yuwei brings you more about China's efforts on fighting air pollution.

Reporter: The first case of a Chinese citizen filing a lawsuit against a local government agency over air pollution last month triggered debate on the effectiveness of the current environmental protection law.

A resident of Shijiazhuang, Hebei province, Li Guixin, demanded that the environmental department take measures to improve air quality in the city and pay 10 thousand yuan in compensation for his economic losses caused by air pollution.

Professor Cao Mingde with China University of political Science and Law, says the suit is reasonable.

"Haze is a kind of air pollution, so from this aspect the environmental department is responsible. At least it's their prescribed duty to implement relative laws and regulations, especially those concerning air pollution. Meanwhile they should make sure local enterprises fulfill their obligations."

However, Professor Cao adds that it is hard to say how much compensation Li Guixin should receive under the current Law on the Prevention and Control of Atmospheric Pollution, which was passed 14 years ago by the National People's Congress.

NPC deputy Zhang Zhao'an, whose suggestion at the ongoing national legislative session is a "Clean Air Act," says the current law is no longer suitable nowadays.

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