Pub­lic gets more over­sight of pol­luters

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

A re­vised En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Law adopted by the coun­try’s top leg­is­la­ture calls for more pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion and places in­creased li­a­bil­ity on pol­luters.

In its first change in 25 years, the law now has 70 ar­ti­cles, com­pared with its orig­i­nal 47, and was ap­proved by the Na­tional People’s Congress Stand­ing Com­mit­tee af­ter four draft ver­sions in al­most two years.

One key part al­lows el­i­gi­ble so­cial or­ga­ni­za­tions to take le­gal ac­tion against pol­luters. To be el­i­gi­ble, the or­ga­ni­za­tions must be reg­is­tered with pre­fec­ture-level gov­ern­ments, have been ded­i­cated to en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion for more than five years and have a good rep­u­ta­tion.

The re­vised law also in­creases penal­ties for vi­o­la­tions, in­clud­ing fin­ing pol­lut­ing com­pa­nies daily with­out set­ting a limit. (Photo 1)

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