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Environmental rule set to shift

By Li Jing | China Daily | Updated: 2011-10-10 07:58

Environmental rule set to shift

Local governments' obligations to tighten, polluters' penalties to rise

BEIJING - Local governments at all levels are expected to face stronger obligations to protect the environment, and polluters will face much heavier fines, according to a draft proposal to amend China's decades-old Environmental Protection Law.

The environmental and resources protection committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) is currently soliciting advice on the draft proposal, which is expected to be reviewed by the standing committee of the NPC as early as December, said Bie Tao, a senior official from the Ministry of Environmental Protection.

Environmental rule set to shift

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