Public gets more oversight of polluters
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)