The Chinese government and legislature are increasing pressure on local government officials and companies to reduce pollution in China.
China’s legislature is targeting companies responsible for pollution, and has ordered local judiciaries and lawmakers to implement revised rules and enforce penalties against those who break them.
Air pollution, in particular, has been of particular concern. Li Zhanshu, chairman of the National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, announced that “[e]very provincial-level people’s congress should release or amend regulations on the air pollution prevention law by the end of this year in line with pollution conditions in their areas.” He further urged increased cooperation between public bodies, such as courts and environmental bodies within government. He noted that this cooperation should include both expanded investigation and enforcement efforts, but also issuing regulatory guidance so regulated companies are clear on the standards they are required to meet.