Shang­hai gets stronger law to curb pol­lu­tion

China Daily (Canada) - - SHANGHAI - By LI YANG in Shang­hai

Start­ing on Thurs­day, Shang­hai will take stronger ac­tion against pol­luters un­der a new En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Law.

Law en­force­ment of­fi­cers will be al­lowed to seal up pol­lut­ing ven­tures and de­tain peo­ple in charge of the pol­lut­ing projects, as well as peo­ple di­rectly re­spon­si­ble for any un­reg­is­tered dis­charg­ing of pol­lu­tants.

Lo­cal gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials in charge of su­per­vis­ing pol­lut­ing en­ter­prises also will be held ac­count­able for dere­lic­tion of du­ties if the en­ter­prises cause se­ri­ous en­vi­ron­men­tal pol­lu­tion.

The for­mer law only de­manded that gov­ern­ment de­part­ments dis­close in­for­ma­tion on en­vi­ron­men­tal pol­lu­tion. The new law re­quires en­ter­prises to make timely dis­clo­sure of more in­for­ma­tion to the pub­lic, in­clud­ing the quan­tity, con­tents and forms pol­lu­tants, as well as their steps to solve pol­lu­tion.

The en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion bureau will mainly deal with air and wa­ter pol­lu­tion, tar­get­ing boil­ers spew­ing black smoke, volatile or­ganic com­pound dis­charges, dust at con­struc­tion sites and au­to­mo­bile emis­sions.

The new law also re­quires Shang­hai to cre­ate an eco­log­i­cal red line for its en­vi­ron­men­tally sen­si­tive and frag­ile ar­eas.

“The source of drink­ing wa­ter, nat­u­ral re­serves, and tidal flat wet­land in Shang­hai will be in­cluded within the eco­log­i­cal red line to be drawn,” said Yu Feilin, di­rec­tor of the reg­u­la­tion di­vi­sion of the en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion bureau. Gov­ern­ments and res­i­dents in those ar­eas will re­ceive an eco­log­i­cal com­pen­sa­tion fee from au­thor­i­ties to per­suade them to choose en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly in­dus­tries and life­styles.

More than 80 peo­ple re­spon­si­ble for pol­lu­tion have been charged in 15 crim­i­nal cases in the past year.

FANG ZHE / FOR CHINA DAILY

Wa­ter hy­acinth silted up with house­hold refuse jammed the wa­ter sur­face of the east side of the Huangpu River in Shang­hai on Dec 27, threat­en­ing the drink­ing wa­ter safety of the city.

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