Ministry of Environmental Protection China

MOF, MEP publish water pollution control special fund management rules

Date of Release: 
Sep 11 2015

The Ministry of Finance (MOF) and the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) have recently published rules on water pollution control special fund management to improve water pollution control and water ecological environment and increase financial fund use efficiency, according to a report by cnstock.com.

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PetroChina to seek additional environmental approval for part of new refinery

Date of Release: 
Sep 2 2015

BEIJING, Sept 2 (Reuters) - PetroChina will obey a ruling from the country's environmental watchdog ordering the state energy giant to halt construction of part of a new large refinery in southwestern China, a company official said on Wednesday.

PetroChina, the country's top oil and gas producer and second-largest refiner, has been fined for violating environmental assessment rules at a 200,000 barrels-per-day (bpd) refinery project in the province of Yunnan.

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China passes new pollution law, sets sights on coal consumption cap

Date of Release: 
Aug 29 2015

Legislators have approved amendments to China's 15-year-old air pollution law that grant the state new powers to punish offenders and create a legal framework to cap coal consumption, the Asian giant's biggest source of smog.

The draft amendments were passed by 154 votes to 4, with five abstentions, Zhong Xuequan, spokesman for the National People's Congress (NPC), China's parliament, told a media briefing on Saturday.

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Environment ministry sets out cleaner strategy for assessments

Date of Release: 
Aug 9 2015

The Ministry of Environmental Protection has started to clean up its assessment procedures in an effort to stop new businesses being built that would cause pollution.

So far this year it has canceled the licenses of more than 100 agents that had the authority to assess and approve planned projects, a ministry statement said on Friday.

It has also turned down 17 projects, worth a total investment of 109.4 billion yuan ($17.6 billion), the statement said.

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Companies, officials punished for failure to control pollution

Date of Release: 
Aug 6 2015

China has been strengthening its environmental oversight under a revised law, shutting down 9,300 companies and suspending work at another 15,000 in the first six months of the year.

A revised Environmental Protection Law with more "teeth" took effect on Jan 1, holding more officials and company managers account-able for violations, and stipulating that governments shoulder the major responsibility for protecting and improving the environment.

In the first half of the year, environmental watchdogs inspected more than 620,000 companies.

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China's environmental chiefs summon Zhengzhou mayor over worsening smog

Date of Release: 
Jul 29 2015

The Ministry of Environmental Protection has summoned the mayor of Zhengzhou for a closed-door "talk" over its worsening air pollution, as the Henan provincial capital became the third most polluted city in China.

Revisions to the Environmental Protection Law give the ministry the power to admonish local leaders for failing to rein in polluters, and Zhengzhou is the first provincial capital to be singled out.

Over the course of the two-hour meeting city officials explained the measures they had taken to curb air pollution, news portal Thepaper.cn reported.

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