17 January 2019

China may give more power to environment ministry, Reuters says

China is considering a thorough reorganization of cabinet ministries next month, possibly dissolving the Ministry of Land and Resources and transferring some of its powers to the Ministry of Environmental Protection, which has long been seen too weak to punish law-breaking polluters, Reuters reported Tuesday, citing unidentified sources. The environment ministry, through some amendments to the country’s environmental law, could get more power to impose unlimited penalties on entities that fail to redress pollution problems, the report said. A monitoring system will be established nationwide to ensure that firms disclose precisely how much pollution they create. Entities presenting fake data will face criminal charges, according to the report.

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