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China’s Environmental Compliance Rates

April 16th, 2009 · No Comments

China Daily reported yesterday that random inspections by the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) in February revealed the following:

  • about 15.5% of projects started construction without approval (I assume this means that they either did not conduct an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) or their EIA was not approved);
  • about 9.6 %of enterprises closed for environmental reasons resumed production without permission; and
  • treatment facilities at about 25% of the main sources of pollution were not running properly.

There are no details on how the inspections were conducted.  These figures do not surprise me, but they show the challenges China still faces in achieving a culture of compliance.

For a review of some of the other numbers released by MEP yesterday (and some suggestions for improvements) see this post at Cleaner Greener China.

Tags: enforcement · environmental enforcement · environmental policy

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