ASIAdocument.write(“” + m[today.getMonth()+1]+ ” “+ today.getDate()+”, ” + theYear + ” “);HOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperChina Daily Global PDFChina Daily Global E-paperBusiness /Green ChinaEconomyPolicy WatchChina DataCompaniesMarketsIndustriesOpinionMotoringGadgetsGreen ChinaLegislator gives hope of tougher environmental legislation(Xinhua)Updated:2014-03-09 11:31
Comments Print Mail Large Medium SmallBEIJING – Chinese top legislator Zhang Dejiang on Sunday pledged to enhance environmental legislation and oversight of pollutant emissions, giving hope that the countrys long-debated environmental protection law can be revised this year after several unsuccessful attempts to do so.
As smog continued to shroud Beijing, Zhang, chairman of the National Peoples Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, said the top legislatures 2014 to-do list includes revisions to the environmental protection law and the air pollution prevention and control law.
By improving laws and regulations, China will tighten oversight of pollutant discharges, and inflict harsher punishments for illegal practices, Zhang said, stressing that polluters responsible for environmental damage must be held to account.
His words came just days after Chinese Premier Li Keqiang “declared war” against pollution on Wednesday, pledging to fight it with the same determination with which the country battled poverty.
Revising the environmental protection law, which took effect in 1989, has been deemed central to curbing pollution. However, the past three attempts to amend the law have been unsuccessful, with unsatisfied lawmakers calling for stricter measures and more government obligations.
It is quite rare in China for a law or amendment not to be passed after three readings. Another such case involved the property law, which was finally passed in March 2007 after eight readings.
Fighting pollution has long been on top of the governments agenda, but a spell of smog that enveloped some 15 percent of the countrys territory a week ahead of the annual parliamentary session added urgency to the matter. Beijing at one point recorded “beyond-index” measurements of particulate matter.
Zhang said prominent environmental problems, such as air, water and soil pollution, are of great public concern and stressed that protecting the environment is an urgent and complex task that requires long-term efforts.
The NPC Standing Committee will carry out investigations on preventing and controlling soil pollution, and seek to solve prominent environmental problems and strengthen ecological conservation, he said.
Zhangs comments were echoed by Ouyang Song, a member of the NPC Standing Committee and former director of the Party history research center of the Communist Party of China Central Committee.
“We should improve the incorporation of environment impact assessment in approving future projects and invite the public to join environmental assessments to enhance oversight,” Ouyang said.
Meanwhile, authorities should also specify the subjects, scope and conditions of accountability in the sphere of environmental protection, so as to further control pollution, he urged.8.03KRelated StoriesSmog wont hurt Beijings Winter Olympics bidHome buyers favor vacation spots due to smogChina declares war on smog and pollutionBeijing vows tough stance on smogPhotoCars, models at 10th Manila Intl Auto ShowTop 10 economies where women call the shotsTV debate in Boao Forum for Asia Annual ConferenceWhite swans seen on Ulunggur Lake, XinjiangSpotlights on 2014 Hanover Industrial Trade FairJaguar F-Type Coupe on trackChina Economy By NumbersChina Economy by Numbers – Dec China Economy by Numbers – Nov NewsmakerFormer Everbright exec goes to court Few textbook answers from Nobel prize winnerMost ViewedTodays Top NewsLufthansa Cargo strengthens its presence in ChinaChina battles for rags-to-riches storiesCars, models at 10th Manila Intl Auto ShowJack Ma to acquire 20% of Wasu MediaXPs demise helps Chinese IT developersGM planning lower-priced version of 2016 Chevy VoltTV debate in Boao Forum for Asia Annual ConferenceWhite swans seen on Ulunggur Lake, XinjiangHot TopicsTaxi booking appInternet finance12306.cnHousing priceWeChat4GChina MobileIPOs resumptionEditors PicksChina tops in online shopping Top 10 richest banks in the world Peng Liyuan effect boosts brands Top 10 well-known Chinese brands SpecialsGlobal business leaders weigh in on reformsBillionaires speak out on reform rolesInternet finance is in, but is banking out?…Media : |State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs|QQ International|Peopleforum|workercn.cn|Partners : |State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs|QQ International|Peopleforum|workercn.cn|Portals : |www.panguso.com|www.goso.cn|Sina|Sohu|Tom|Tencent|NetEase|Hexun|Organizations : |China US Focus|FrenCham|CPAFFC|CPIFA|Gov.cn|eBeijing|AmCham|SwissCham BJ|…| About China Daily | Advertise on Site | Contact Us | Job Offer |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: 20100000002731