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Recent Environmental Law and Public Participation News


Chinese cities respond to information transparency index (Google translation)
The IPE and NRDC-sponsored Pollution Information Transparency Index (PITI) generated media attention when the information disclosure rankings of 113 Chinese cities were released last June. Since that time, local city governments have noticed the report. Ma Jun, the head of IPE, noted that sixteen cities have replied to the pollution report, with several seeking additional advice and offering feedback. (Source: China Economic Times)
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trashEnshi city begins conducting environmental environmental supervisor system trials (Google translation)
Monday marked the start of the first week for Enshi city – located in Hubei Province – and its new enterprise environmental supervisor system. Two companies, one cement and one sewage treatment company, were selected for the pilot testing of the policy. Continue reading 阅读全文 » Add comment 发表评论(0)

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Lead-stricken town mayor’s apology fails to make up for lack of information disclosure (Google translation)
After Chinese media revealed on August 6 that hundreds of children in the Fengxiang area of Shaanxi Province had dangerous levels of lead in their blood, the mayor of Baoji City, a town in the affected area, did not make any public apologies or announcements until 12 days later. Continue reading 阅读全文 » Add comment 发表评论(2)

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Environmental information disclosure should focus on “convenience” principle (Google translation)
This South China Daily editorial highlights some of the most recent developments in environmental information disclosure. The government’s disclosure of information is ultimately helpful to the public interest, the newspaper argues. Continue reading 阅读全文 » Add comment 发表评论(0)

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Beijing court rejects Yan Yiming’s stimulus information disclosure suit (Google translation)
The Beijing First Intermediate People’s Court rejected Shanghai lawyer Yan Yiming’s suit against the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) on May 31, Continue reading 阅读全文 » Add comment 发表评论(0)

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Public Interest Litigation in the US- China’s Legal Daily Digs Deeper with Another Article

We’ve already introduced one Legal Daily article on public interest litigation in an earlier blog post on the Port of LA case. Last Friday’s Legal Daily followed up this topic with another article: “The Dual Role of Public Interest Litigation Benefits the U.S.” As we mentioned last week, Qie Jianrong, a veteran journalist who has been observing and writing about Chinese environmental law for over a decade, was also a member of NRDC’s Environmental Enforcement and Air Regulation study tour delegation (see here, here, here, and here). Qie begins the article with an introduction of one well-known public interest case … Continue reading 阅读全文 » Add comment 发表评论(0)

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Chinese observations on the US environmental enforcement system

Last month, we traveled to California with two important figures in China’s environmental community. One was Lü Zhongmei, one of China’s leading environmental law experts and a representative to the National People’s Congress. The other was Ms. Qie Jianrong, an award-winning environmental journalist for the Legal Daily. Qie Jianrong wrote an article for the Legal Daily that highlighted some of her observations of the differences between the environmental law systems in China and the US (which we reprint below after this post). The key difference she observed was the focus on human health in US environmental law. The US Clean … Continue reading 阅读全文 » Add comment 发表评论(0)

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The Kunming Environmental Protection Court: How Significant is its First Case?

After the dramatic contamination of Yangzonghai Lake in 2008, the Kunming Intermediate Court found itself under intense scrutiny from the media and Yunnan residents. Perhaps in response to this, on December 11, 2008, the city officially established the Kunming Environmental Protection Court, following in the footsteps of the Guiyang and Wuxi environmental courts. In order to clearly define the Environmental Protection Court’s objectives and procedures, the Kunming Intermediate Court, the Kunming Procuratorate, the Kunming Public Security Bureau, and Kunming Environmental Protection Bureau jointly released the “Implementing Opinions on Establishing an Environmental Protection Law Enforcement Coordination Mechanism.” According to the “Implementing … Continue reading 阅读全文 » Add comment 发表评论(2)

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Enforcement Ideas from Sunny California – Port of LA Redux

We mentioned last week that we visited the Port of LA during our trip to the US. Qie Jianrong, a well-known environmental journalist for the Legal Daily, has written an excellent piece on the NRDC Port of Los Angeles litigation, and the subsequent clean air action plan that developed from the litigation. The key point here is that regulatory gaps and lax enforcement allowed the largest source of pollution in Los Angeles to emit for many years virtually unabated. Community action and strong support from local politicians drove the creation of a privately negotiated environmental protection plan that is protecting … Continue reading 阅读全文 » Add comment 发表评论(0)

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Environmental Enforcement Ideas from Sunny California. Episode #2 – Give Citizens the Right to Enforce Environmental Laws in Court

Our Chinese delegation spent a day visiting the Port of Los Angeles last week, which is one of the largest sources of pollution in Los Angeles. By one estimate, 1,200 annual premature deaths are connected to air pollution from the ports. Despite these harms, the port was poorly regulated by federal, state and local environmental authorities. And even in the face of repeated complaints from local residents, the port and other responsible parties did not take action. It was a lawsuit by NRDC and several other local groups against an expansion to the port that ultimately drove the port to … Continue reading 阅读全文 » Add comment 发表评论(0)

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