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25-year old environmental law revised

The Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress, the country's top legislature, on Thursday voted to adopt revisions to the Environmental Protection Law. With 70 articles compared with 47 in the original law, the revised Environmental Protection Law, the first change to the legislation in 25 years, sets environmental protection as the country's basic policy. The revised law will go into effect from Jan. 1, 2015. The country's Environmental Protection Law has not been revised since it took effect in 1989. The new law stipulates that enterprises will be named and shamed for breaking environmental protection laws. It says that responsible persons face up to 15 days detention if their enterprises dodge environmental impact assessments and refuse to suspend production after a ban; fail to obtain a pollutant discharge permit but discharge pollutants, refuse to suspend the discharge after administrative bodies issue a ban; or if they shirk supervision through forging monitoring data or improperly operating pollution prevention equipment. The length of detention would depend on the impact of their violations. The law says a daily-based fine system will be introduced.

Source Meng Na, Xinhuanet, published on 24 April 2014
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