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Law amendment urged to combat air pollution (5)

By Jiao Meng (

14:16, February 22, 2013

Guomao area near Beijing's Eastern 3rd Ring Road is enveloped with heavy smog on January 12.

Background information: Top 10 legislative highlights

1. Basic goal: Improve air quality levels to protect people’s health

2. Forecast, early warning and emergency measures of heavy pollution incidents

3. Regional joint prevention and control mechanism will be settled through legal channels

4. Multi-pollutant coordinating control will combat complex air pollution problems

5. Supervision and assessment mechanisms of local government’s responsibility in air pollution control will be settled; environmental quality will be added as a standard to assess local officials.

6. Total Emission Control is bound to be extended from two control zones (zones designated by the State Council for the control of acid rain and sulfur dioxide) to nationwide with more targeted pollutants.

7. No pollutant emissions will be allowed without air pollution permits.

8. Tougher rules on mobile source pollution, including higher fuel quality, in-use vehicle environmental protection logo, etc, securing MEP’s bigger say in rule making.

9. Toxic and harmful gas will be included.

10. Stiffer punishment for law violations: revise regulations on maximum fines regarding air pollution accidents from 500,000 yuan (US$ 80,100) to no upper limit.

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