China Pollution

Chinese government, companies ordered to release pollution figures
April 27, 2007

China’s State Environment Protection Administration will enact a new measure from May 1, 2008, asking China’s environmental departments and polluters to publish information regarding environmental degradation and pollution.

Under the draft measure, environmental departments at all levels throughout China are required to make public 17 categories of environmental information including laws, regulations, policies and standards regarding environmental protection. The measure, which does not become effective until May 1, 2008, is aimed to boost official transparency by ordering government departments to be more open in reporting information.

Companies or factories exceeding pollution levels and whose facilities are not up to environmental standards will have to report this information. …

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