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City legislators propose new ‘clean air’ law

LOCAL legislators yesterday proposed to the national legislative body a new Air Cleaning Law to replace the Air Pollution Protection Law.

The new law would seek to treat polluted air rather than simply trying to prevent further pollution, legislator Zhang Zhao’an said.

The current law has been in place for 14 years and needs updating, he said.

“The legislation would help to curb air pollution by changing the economic development structure and by severely punishing violators,” Zhang said in a proposal to the annual session of the National People’s Congress, which starts tomorrow.

People and firms found guilty of polluting the air will face stiff new penalties under revised legislation set to come into force this year, said Zhang Quan, director of the Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau and a national legislator.

One of the major reasons for the worsening air quality is that the penalties for breaking the law are relatively low, yet it is very expensive for the authorities to enforce it, Zhang Quan said yesterday.

Zhang Zhao’an said all new construction projects in the city will be required to pass an environmental evaluation study that pays particular attention to the impact on residents living nearby.

The present law considers only the impact on the environment, he said.

Shanghai’s 59 legislators will also present to the legislative body their ideas on e-commerce, family farmland development, major urban infrastructure and an enterprise bankruptcy protection institution, said Yao Haitong, secretary-general of the standing committee of the Shanghai People’s Congress.


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