Air Pollution Control Law in China

Excessive emissions a big problem in 59 cities

Date of Release: 
Feb 2 2016

The national environmental authority found severely excessive pollution emissions during inspections of 648 companies in 59 cities in December, and it promised tougher punishment this year under a newly enacted air pollution control law.

In December's monthly inspections targeting companies that discharge air pollutants, the Ministry of Environmental Protection and its inspection teams found that excessive emissions were a big problem in the 59 cities that were inspected, said Zou Shoumin, head of the ministry's Environmental Inspection Bureau, on Monday.

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No limit to air pollution fines under new law

Date of Release: 
Jan 2 2016

Apart from these new law, China’s new Air Pollution Control Law has also taken effect on the first day of the new year, featuring clearer responsibilities for governments and harsher punishments for illegal polluters.

The new law stipulates that the State Council should evaluate whether provincial-level governments are hitting the air quality improvement targets announced previously. Local governments within each province now will share responsibility for monitoring pollution, and are obliged to ban low-quality coal for residential use.

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China's new law against pollution takes effect

Date of Release: 
Jan 1 2016

People in China faced an increased threat from choking smog in 2015. Just last week, forty cities in north China, including Beijing and Tianjin, issued alerts for air pollution. And today, the first day of 2016, the country's new Air Pollution Control Law takes effect. The new law restricts various sources of smog and makes information on environmental cleanliness more readily available to the public.

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