How China Now Enforces Its Environmental Protection Law

Law360, New York (November 25, 2015, 11:19 PM EST) -- Michael W. Vella

Lillian He The Environmental Protection Law of the People's Republic of China was promulgated over 25 years ago. But only recently have substantive amendments to the EPL, combined with public awareness and government leadership, provided reason to hope that the EPL can serve its mission to protect China's environment.

On April 24, 2014, China's legislature, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress adopted major amendments to the EPL which became effective on Jan. 1, 2015. The revised EPL contains substantive and procedural changes that significantly update China's environmental legal regime. More importantly, recent enforcement actions demonstrate that...

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