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Deputy Procurator General: Executive power should be subject to the constraints of law (Google translation)
In a March 7 interview with CCTV, Sun Qian, China’s Deputy Procurator General, argued that the close collaboration of local governments with enterprises that violated pollution laws posed a threat to China’s rule of law. The government must ultimately be able to represent the plaintiff and the public interest in such cases, he noted. Sun Qian said that one possible solution would be to establish a robust administrative prosecution system to restore oversight and end illegal collusion. (Source: CCTV)
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Professor: One-fifth of China’s arable land affected by heavy metal pollution (Google

translation)
At a February Sino-French conference on environmental law, Professor Wang Shuyi discussed current government plans to

enact soil pollution laws. The professor also revealed the results of a recent study by the Chinese Academy of Ecological Research. Nearly 20 million hectares of China’s arable land are – about 20% of China’s total – are estimated to be contaminated with heavy metals. (Source: Chengdu Daily)
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Greenpeace calls out 18 large multinational and domestic companies staying silent on pollution information disclosure (English Press Release)
Shell, Samsung, Nestle, Kraft, and more are among the eighteen multinational and domestic enterprises identified by Greenpeace China in its newest report for violating water pollution laws. Continue reading 阅读全文 » Add comment 发表评论(0)

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In the last two weeks, numerous government bodies – from city governments to national ministries – have published their 2008 Open Government Information Work Reports, detailing their information disclosure programming and figures for 2008. While some provinces have disclosed millions of documents, the situation can vary depending on the locale. Residents of Foshan, a city next to Guangzhou, were shocked to learn that only four information disclosure applications had been filed in all of 2008, a figure easily dwarfed by the quarter-million applications filed in Guangzhou. View eight articles after the break.

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Ministry of Public Security release annual Open Government Information Report (Google translation) The Ministry of Public Security has released their annual Open Government Information Work Report, detailing initiatives the ministry has taken to advance information disclosure. A total of 169 articles were disclosed by the ministry during 2008, and the ministry received nine information disclosure requests, all of which it satisfactorily addressed. (Source: Ministry of Public Security) 2008 annual Hunan Province Open Information Work Report released (Google translation) The Hunan Provincial government has released its work report, detailing its open information initiatives and accomplishments for 2008. The report contains a … Continue reading 阅读全文 » Add comment 发表评论(0)

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Pandas (and Lawyers)

We were in Chengdu over the past few days holding a training on resolution of environmental disputes in China through negotiation. Our trainers and collaborators on the program came from the Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program. Many thanks to Stephan, Maggie and Brian. It was a few days well spent with a group of fantastic Chinese environmental lawyers and some experts on negotiations of the highest caliber.  For several years, NRDC has been working with lawyers and judges in China to promote better ways to handle environmental disputes.  We believe that lawyers have a role to play as problem-solvers, … Continue reading 阅读全文 » Add comment 发表评论(0)

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A major focus in recent Chinese news on environmental law and public participation is the arsenic pollution incident at Yangzonghai Lake in Yunnan Province, which has resulted in the contamination of drinking water for over 26,000 people. The information was not released until September 18, 2008, prompting serious discussion within the editorial pages of Chinese newspapers on the importance of open information disclosure and environmental litigation. While all agree environmental challenges must be tackled, there is strong disagreement as to how effective some measures – especially the newly created Environmental Courts – can be. Some of those editorials, along with … Continue reading 阅读全文 » Add comment 发表评论(2)

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