The central government has revised legislation to strengthen control of water pollutants and appointed a new Minister of Environmental Protection. Major updates include:
* Revisions to the Water Pollution Prevention and Treatment Law will increase monitoring of pollutant emissions and increase public awareness of and governance of water quality at the local level.
* Li Ganjie, a nuclear energy specialist, has become Minister of Environmental Protection. His appointment may see greater resources funneled to nuclear issues.
* Drafts of the Implementing Rules for the Environmental Protection Tax Law and Administrative Rules for Construction Project Environmental Protection have provided details on the future of China’s efforts to fight pollution.
* A draft policy would create the first mandatory environmental protection insurance system, raising costs and administrative complexity for enterprises.
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