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Description of Initiative

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:

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.

New Developments in Chinese Environmental Law


Pollution Control

Public Participation

Climate Change / Energy

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Environmental Law Cooperation with China

Cabinet-Level U.S.-China Meeting Recognizes the Office of General Counsel's Capacity Building in China (July 10-11, 2013)

The U.S.-China Strategic & Economic Dialogue (S&ED) took place on July 10-11, 2013 in Washington, D.C., hosted by Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew.   This meeting is the main forum for U.S.-China policy dialogue among cabinet-level officials across a wide range of issues.  The environment portion of the discussion focused primarily on air pollution and climate change.   Read more

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.
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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.

Legal Resources

Find links to information on Chinese environmental statutes, regulations, directives, treaties, and international cooperation documents.

Resource Documents By Topic

Find links to articles and reports dealing with Chinese environmental law and policy.


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