State Council Approves in Principle Law of Water Pollution Prevention and Cure of People’s Republic of China (Revised Draft)
On July 4, 2007, the Law of Water Pollution Prevention and Cure of People’s Republic of China (Revised Draft) was reviewed and approved in principle on the State Council Standing Committee meeting presided by Premier WEN Jiabao. After being further revised, the law will be submitted to the National People’s Congress Standing Committee by the State Council for deliberation. The revision lays emphases on the establishment of the system of quality monitoring and unified information publication of water environment, the comprehensive implementation of the waste-letting licensing system, the improvement of the graded administration system of drinking water source area protection, and the perfection of the emergency disposition procedure of water pollution accident. It stresses also the civil responsibility and the cure obligation of the polluters who violate the law, with more serious punishments to law-violating activities.