18 February 2019

China to weigh up changes to environment law, website says

The National People’s Congress will review changes to the Environmental Protection Law next week, information provider reported Wednesday, citing unnamed sources. The revisions to the law, first since its enactment in 1989, call for public hearings for projects that are big polluters or located in ecologically sensitive regions, the report said. However, some issues, such as a proposed environmental tax, are still being discussed. The tax was proposed by the Ministry of Environmental Protection but the finance ministry thinks it could overlap with the carbon trading program already under way. Implementation of the tax is unlikely in the short term, according to the report. The government is also considering overhauling the law on air pollution control and prevention to improve air quality, it said.

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