Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Beijing Pledges U.S.$16 Billion in Spending for Pollution Control through 2015

April 8, 2013 by  
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Beijing’s municipal government plans to spend 100 billion yuan ($16.1 billion) over the next three years on measures to reduce water, air, and solid waste pollution…

European Commission Publishes Plan For Boosting Green Innovation, Job Creation

December 21, 2011 by  
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Green innovation in the EU should be boosted by a combination of environmental regulation, standard setting, research, and demonstration projects, the European Commission said in an action plan published Dec. 15…

China Sets Targets for Reducing Pollutant Emissions, Energy Intensity Through 2015

September 22, 2011 by  
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China’s State Council has assigned targets for reducing energy intensity and emissions and discharges of four types of pollutants for all provinces, autonomous regions, and major municipalities, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said on its website Sept. 7…

France Becomes First Country to Ban Hydraulic Fracturing for Shale Gas, Oil

July 6, 2011 by  
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The French Parliament adopted legislation June 30 that bans the hydraulic fracturing method for exploration and extraction of shale natural gas and oil, making the country the world’s first to ban the technique…

China Outlines Steps for Reporting Environmental Pollution Emergencies

May 16, 2011 by  
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China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection has released guidelines for the reporting of information about environmental pollution emergencies that fall under the authority of China’s Emergency Response Law…

China Prepares to Issue New Standards to Clean up Rare Earths Mining Sector

January 17, 2011 by  
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SHENZHEN, China —China’s government in late February will release new standards for the mining of rare earth minerals, including measures to reduce water pollution, according to state media reports.
The state-run newspaper China Daily Jan. 7 quoted Huang Xiaowei of the National Engineering Research Center for Rare Earth Materials as saying the new standards would raise the cost of mining rare earthst.
According to Huang, the new standards would restrict the amount of ammonia nitrogen allowed in wastewater from rare earth mining to…

ANALYSIS: China’s Tort Law Significantly Increases Environmental Liability Risks

November 29, 2010 by  
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On July 1, 2010, the Tort Liability Law of the People’s Republic of China (the “Tort Law”) 1 came into effect, bringing major changes in liability standards for the cleanup of hazardous substances. Those changes include the imposition of strict liability for disposal of such substances, a reversal of the burden of proof in pollution cases, and the enunciation of standards by which liability for contamination is allocated among those responsible for pollution.

1 The Chinese version is published on the Central People’s Government website, see http://www.gov.cn/flfg/2009-12/26/content_1497435.htm.

The Tort Law does not create any new environmental tort outside of existing Chinese law and practice. However, reflecting the central government’s changing sentiment toward the environment, it does reinforce liability for polluters and shift the burden of proof in certain cases. In doing so, it borrows heavily from liability concepts found in U.S. law, particularly the Comprehensive…