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Nine Ministries Put Forth Dioxin Control Timetable, and Other China Environmental Law, Public Participation, and Climate Change News

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Nine ministries put forward dioxin control timetable, pilot reduction to be performed in Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei (Google translate)

China will begin total emission control for dioxin in several pilot locations, including Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, the Yangtze River Delta, the Pearl River Dealty, and other key regions. A roadmap and timetable for dioxin pollution prevention and control was recently agreed upon by nine government ministries, namely, the Ministry of Environmental Protection, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National Development and Reform Commission, Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Housing and Urban Construction, Ministry of Commerce, and General Administration of Quality Supervision. The roadmap aims at establishing a dioxin pollution control regime and long-term supervision mechanism by 2015, and also states as a goal to cut dioxin emission from key industries by 10% and to control the trend of increasing dioxin emission in general. (Source: Beijing News)

Environmental monitoring shows urban air quality in 1/3 China cities not meeting standards (Google translate)

The Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) made its first public announcement regarding motor vehicle emission pollution in China: motor vehicles emitted 51.43 million tons of pollutants throughout the nation last year, and vehicle exhaust has now officially became the main source of air pollution in large and mid-sized cities. Monitoring data shows that 1/3 of 113 key environmental protection cities failed to meet air quality standards in 2009, and in many cities, particularly large and mid-sized cities, the combination of coal smog with car exhaust have made air pollution control substantially more difficult. (Source: Beijing News)

China releases results of comprehensive environmental management assessment in 655 cities (Google translate)

MEP released the “2009 National Report on Urban Environmental Management and Comprehensive Restoration,” announcing the results of assessment on environmental management of 655 designated cities. MEP news spokesperson Tao Detian said that the results of the report show a large improvement overall in environmental management across the country. (Source: Xinhua)

MIIT to create red and black lists for energy saving, disclose enterprises failing in energy saving managementGoogle translate)

In order to push forward energy saving in industrial enterprises, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) is currently putting forth research to create an energy saving “red list” and “black list” to be adopted in the 12th Five-Year Plan period. The lists will disclose enterprises that have failed in energy saving management. (Source: China Business News)

China to explore a new path of environmental protection: establishing a pollute-and-pay regime (Google translate)

According to MEP website, the Minister of MEP, Zhou Shengxian, has stated that China will continue to explore a new path of environmental protection, which involves establishing a regime that requires polluters to pay. Last week Zhou Shengxian also delivered a speech at the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED) yearly conference that outlined five major duties going forward to improve the ecological environment of China. (Source: Chinanews)

Experts say soil in some regions of China seriously polluted and demands immediate attentionGoogle translate)

A CCICED study group released a China soil pollution study at the CCICED yearly conference last week, noting that soil in some regions is seriously polluted and requires immediate attention. The threat in these regions is particularly urgent because of the coexistence of new and oil pollutants and the combination of organic and inorganic pollution. (Source: Xinhua)

FYP main pollutants emission reduction targets in advance (China meets 11th Google translate)

At the CCICED annual conference last week, Zhou Shengxian announced that 11th five-year plan emission reduction targets for major pollutants had been met in advance: COD and SO2 emission were reduced by 9.66% and 13.14%, respectively, during 2006-2009. Additionally, COD discharge in the first half of this year declined by 2.39%. (Source: People’s daily online)

Experts begin drafting climate change legislation, to be finished by end of 2012Google translate)

November 6 marked the kick-off seminar for the “Climate Change Legislation Research Project,” hosted by the Law Institute of the China Academy of Social Sciences. Scholars suggested including a green GDP accounting system into the legislation. (Source: Legal Daily)

Yanqing court establishes Beijing’s first environmental court (Google translate)

On the morning of November 10, an environmental court was established in Beijing’s Yanqing county court, meaning environmental protection in Beijing has progressed onto a “double-track”: administrative track and judicial track. Drawing from the experiences in other regions, Beijing high people’s court decided to establish its first environmental court in Yanqing county court. The environmental court, like other environmental courts around the nation, will follow the “three-in-one” model, allowing for civil, administrative, and criminal cases to be heard in the same court, as well as environmental public interest litigation. (Source: Beijing Court Web)

Urging public companies to fulfill social responsibilities for environmental protection, NGOs suggest suspension of refinancing Sinopec (Google translate)

In order to urge listed companies to fulfill social responsibilities for environmental protection, relevant ministries released “General Report on Environmental Protection Technical Assessment upon Refinancing of Sinopec” in mid October. Late last month, three local environmental NGOs, namely, Friends of Nature, the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs, and Green Earth Volunteers, jointly sent a letter to the relevant authority calling attention to 26 Sinopec subsidiaries or branches that were in violation of pollutant discharge standards. Sinopec recently told the media that the claims of the environmental NGOs were inaccurate…. (Source: China Environment News)

9.5 million fine claimed to be indulging Zijin Mining, environmental NGOs apply for administrative reconsideration (Google translate)

Earlier this month Chongqing Green Volunteers Federation applied to MEP for an administrative reconsideration, which seeks to enjoin Fujian Provincial Environmental Protection Department to re-investigate and re-collect evidence regarding the Zijin Mining pollution incident in Tingjiang River this July. The application calls for strict implementation of the law and increasing the penalties imposed on Zijin Mining. (Source: Caixin Web)

Pollutants in Shandong shipped to other provinces for disposalGoogle translate)

In the dark of the night, an oil tanker driver leads a tube to a river and discharges waste liquid. Returning trucks discharge waste water into “home” lakes entrusted by enterprises from other provinces. Farming vehicles dispose wasted chemical barrels into the wild… During the past 2 years, Shandong environmental authorities have encountered a number of pollution cases that involved transferring pollutants across provincial borders to avoid effective supervision. (Source: Xinhua)

(Newsalert prepared by Wu Qi and Stephen Leonelli)

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