Home / China / Environment

China's draft soil pollution law to levy hefty fines

By Zheng Jinran | | Updated: 2017-06-22 13:13

Companies or individuals who cause pollution on farmland or at construction sites could be hit with fines of up to 2 million yuan ($297,000) if a new law is approved.

China's top legislators began giving a draft law on soil pollution prevention and control its first read on Thursday at a bimonthly session of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress.

The draft has 94 articles over nine chapters and clarifies the responsibilities of governments, companies and the public. It also covers standards, monitoring, risks assessments, restoration of polluted land, and punishments for violations.

If approved, those found discharging sewage, sludge or other waste containing heavy metals or other pollutants into farmland will receive fines ranging from 500,000 to 2 million yuan.

Editor's picks
Copyright 1995 - . All rights reserved. The content (including but not limited to text, photo, multimedia information, etc) published in this site belongs to China Daily Information Co (CDIC). Without written authorization from CDIC, such content shall not be republished or used in any form. Note: Browsers with 1024*768 or higher resolution are suggested for this site.
License for publishing multimedia online 0108263

Registration Number: 130349