Tuesday, April 29, 2014
New Weapons in the War on Pollution: China's Environmental Protection Law Amendments | Barbara Finamore's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC
New Weapons in the War on Pollution: China's Environmental Protection Law Amendments | Barbara Finamore's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC:
by Barbara Finamore // NRDC
The new amendments to China's bedrock environmental law put powerful new tools into the hands of environmental officials and the public, providing a strong legal foundation to the "war on pollution" declared last month by Premier Li Keqiang. Most notably, the revisions make three critical improvements: 1) they add a new fine penalty system that will continue to accumulate for each day the pollution violations continue (by eliminating the previous one-off fine system); 2) they formalize a much-needed performance assessment system that is based on an official’s environmental protection record rather than solely on economic growth; and 3) they allow for nongovernmental organizations to take legal action against polluters on behalf of the public interest.
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