Latest News:  

English>>China Society

Chinese appeal for improved environmental transparency


09:02, March 05, 2013

BEIJING, March 4 (Xinhua) -- Located south of Jinling Township in east China's Shandong Province, the Qilu Chemical Industry Park is home to a number of major chemical plants.

Although the plants have brought significant tax revenues for government authorities, they have also sowed pollution worries among local residents.

"There are irritating smells in the air," said a resident surnamed Ma.

The poor disclosure of vital information remains a source of local complaints, as the local government is struggling to balance efforts to develop the economy and control pollution.

"The government has never made it clear just how much pollution is here or how harmful it is," Ma said.

Pollution has become a particularly thorny issue in China in recent years. Concerns about new industrial projects sparked three public protests in Sichuan, Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces last year.

China's annual parliamentary sessions began on Sunday. Online polls done by media outlets for the sessions indicate that upgraded counter-pollution efforts and the protection of citizens' environmental rights are among the public's top concerns.

Many people have expressed hope that the parliamentary sessions will bring improvement regarding the government's disclosure of environmental information.

According to official documents effective from May 2008, environmental protection agencies and polluting enterprises should make key environmental information known to the public and thus offer the public a way to contribute to the country's pollution control efforts.

However, the reality is that for many Chinese, obtaining access to that information is not easy.

Beijing lawyer Dong Zhengwei wrote the Ministry of Environmental Protection in January to apply for the results of a national soil pollution survey to be released.

Last month, the ministry turned down Dong's request, saying the survey results were a "state secret."

【1】 【2】

We Recommend:

Bikini-clad models sparked a debate on racism

Young candidates for Acting Department of BFA

BFA releases list of re-examination

Alarming water pollution in China

Chilly run gets blood pumping

Photo story:Arriving in Beijing

China's 'leftover women' arouses debate in West

Top 10 fascinating natural phenomena in the world

Street propaganda on environmental protection

Email|Print|Comments(Editor:ChenLidan、Wang Jinxue)

Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name


Selections for you

  1. Chinese navy's Su-30MKK2 fighters

  2. "Tonglin" guided missile frigate in firing

  3. Pro, anti-Hugo Chavez demonstrators protest

  4. Quake hits China's Yunnan, 30 injured

  5. Beautiful journalist reporting CPPCC

  6. Two sessions: Journalists on mission

  7. Happy Boy Jaki Tan Jiexi

  8. Luoyang: Resting place of tranquility

  9. China's richest man sets his sights on foreign projects

  10. China's jumbo jet C919 expected to fly 2014

Most Popular


  1. Spoiled brats spring from pampering parents
  2. A smile can succeed where a scowl fails
  3. Reducing income inequality an urgent task
  4. Why media turns attention to 'two sessions'
  5. New glories for China in striving for nat'l renewal
  6. Home is where the heart is
  7. Are US, N. Korea playing 'basketball diplomacy'?
  8. Who will attend China's upcoming 'two sessions'?
  9. CPC adopts list of state leadership candidates
  10. Quality vocational education

What’s happening in China

Thousands of policemen hunting car, baby stealer in Changchun | Update: Stolen car found, baby still missing

  1. Regional efforts may not fix air pollution
  2. Weibo helps flood hero find job
  3. 1 in 50 Shanghai women has cancer
  4. HIV carrier sues hospital for refusing surgery
  5. Abducted boy reunited with family