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China has been working with great determination in recent years to develop, implement, and enforce a solid environmental law framework. Chinese officials face critical challenges in effectively implementing the laws, clarifying the roles of their national and provincial governments, and strengthening the operation of their legal system.
EPA Office of General Counsel launched the EPA – China Environmental Law Initiative in September, 2007, to encourage a continuing dialogue between the U.S. and China on environmental law. The goals of the initiative include:
- Sharing EPA's legal experience and expertise to help improve China’s environmental health.
- Sharing information useful to U.S. entities with business or other stakes in how China addresses environmental issues.
- Fostering an ongoing dialogue on environmental law issues with China.
Many of these cooperative activities take place in collaboration with other EPA offices, including the EPA Office of International and Tribal Affairs, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, Office of Water, Office of Air and Radiation, and EPA Regional Offices.
- Economic cost of pollution soars; Ministry's report shows smog caused 1.1tr yuan in losses in 2010, but incomplete study does not include damage to people's health and deaths, by Li Jing (South China Morning Post, 3/28/13)
- Cost of Environmental Damage in China Growing Rapidly Amid Industrialization, by Edward Wong (The New York Times, 3/29/13)
- China's 'Green Fence' [importing of scrap] (Recycling Today, 4/23/13)
- Beijing Landfills to be Brought into Line in two years (MEP News Release, 4/10/13)
- Beijing won’t meet WHO air pollution standards until 2030s, by Li Shuo (ChinaDialogue, 4/5/13)
- Lawmakers Call for Revised Air Pollution Control Law (CRIEnglish, 3/6/13)
- Twelfth Five-Year Plan on Air Pollution Prevention and Control in Key Regions. China Clean Air Policy Briefings No. 1. English translation prepared by Clean Air Alliance of China, April 2013 (PDF, 76 pp, 805k)
- From Bottleneck to Breakthrough: 2012 Pollution Information Transparency Index Evaluation Results Press Release (Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs - IPE, 3/27/13)
- Law Students Help Chinese Grassroots Activists Challenge Polluters (Pacific Environment, 3/29/13)
- Step Forward for Environmental Transparency in China (The Energy Collective, 4/1/13)
Climate Change / Energy
- Joint U.S. – China Statement on Climate Change (U.S. Department of State Press Release, 4/13/13)
- China, U.S. to hold 5th Strategic and Economic Dialogue in July (China Daily, 4/4/13)
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EPA-China Environment Ministry Regional Air Quality Management Meeting
(April 18, 2013)
On April 18, 2013, the EPA Office of General Counsel participated in the 8th annual US – China Regional Air Quality Management Meeting (RAQM) organized by EPA's Office of Air and Radiation. This marked the first time that the annual RAQM was held at EPA. In previous years (2005-2011) the meeting was held in China. Read more
OGC Participates in Environmental LawSymposium with Chinese Authorities (December 17-20, 2012)
On December 17-20, 2012, Deputy General Counsel Bicky Corman visited Beijing to advance capacity building on environmental law and institutions in China by participating in a symposium with Chinese environmental authorities and meetings with Chinese environmental law experts and U.S. exporters of environmental goods and services.
OGC Participates in Panel Discussion on Environmental Public Interest Law in China(November 29, 2012)
Jessica Scott (EPA Office of General Counsel) examined in detail the background and progress on the first public interest lawsuit brought by China’s first legally registered independent environmental NGO. Read more.
Chinese Administrative Law Symposium (October 24, 2012)
On October 24, 2012, OGC participated in a symposium at the University of Pennsylvania Law School entitled “The Future of Chinese Administrative Law,” sponsored by the American Bar Association Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Cardozo Law School. Speakers included the leading U.S. and Chinese experts on administrative law. The Chinese administrative law experts also visited EPA on October 22nd to discuss administrative law in the environmental law context. Read more.
U.S./China Exchange On Environmental Legislation (May 24-25, 2012)
Deputy General Counsel Tseming Yang led the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s participation in a workshop and study tour with the China Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) on environmental legislation. The workshop focused on the experience of the U.S. and China with the collection, reporting, and disclosure of pollution data, including facility-level public disclosure of pollutant releases. Read more.
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