environment protection law

China encourages environmental groups to sue polluters

Date of Release: 
Jan 7 2015

China on Wednesday granted public interest groups more power to sue those that flout environmental protection laws, the country’s highest court said, as Beijing steps up efforts to curb pollution that regularly chokes major cities.

Social groups that work to fight polluters judicially will gain special status and have court fees reduced, the Supreme People’s Court said on its website.

They will also be allowed to sue firms or individuals across China, regardless of where the organisation is based.

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Revised eco law will test China's determination to go green

Date of Release: 
Jul 4 2014

As part of its push to combat a growing pollution problem, China is revising its environmental protection law for the first time in 25 years and will enforce the changes in January next year. The question is: Can the country, particularly its courts, walk the talk?

The revised law includes a number of clauses aimed at better preserving the environment and punishing polluters more harshly. The changes will allow third parties, such as nongovernmental organizations, to take legal action against offenders in the name of public interest.

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Call to rid environmental bodies of govt control

Date of Release: 
Oct 10 2013

Speakers at a consultation on Thursday proposed that the environmental protection agencies be statutory bodies out of government control and that environmental protection laws be applied equally to both public and private sector organisations.

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China solicits opinions on harsher environment law

Date of Release: 
Aug 1 2013

China on Thursday began soliciting public opinions on a draft amendment to the environmental protection law that proposes harsher punishments for polluters.

Public opinions were sought after the draft amendment was tabled for the first reading in August 2012. Based on suggestions collected, the National People's Congress (NPC) Law Committee revised it, and the revised version was submitted to the NPC Standing Committee for the second reading in June.

The version for the second reading for the first time specifies that protecting the environment is a basic state policy.

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China: Experts say proposed environmental protection laws fail to protect

Date of Release: 
Sep 27 2012

A draft law that will help determine the future of the environment in China has been slammed by experts and environmental campaigners, with some even saying the law looks like it has been written by polluting companies.

China's top legislators are about to amend the Environmental Protection Law for the first time in two decades.

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