Chinese Provinces Face Mandatory Air Pollution Cuts

Law360, New York (January 8, 2014, 6:03 PM EST) -- The Chinese national government imposed annual air pollution reduction targets on provinces and major cities on Tuesday and threatened to “name and shame” those that fall short, state-run media said.

Thirty-one regional governments signed a “liability paper” with the Ministry of Environmental Protection mandating year-on-year ambient fine particulate matter cuts as high as 25 percent, according to the Xinhua news service.

Under the agreement, regional authorities will have to map out detailed plans for implementing various anti-pollution methods, such as reducing dependence on coal, eliminating outdated...
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