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"2014 New Edition of the Environmental Protection Law of the People's Republic of China"

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The latest revision of the Environmental Protection Law (full text)

Environmental Protection Law of the People's Republic of China


(Adopted at the eleventh meeting of the Standing Committee of the Seventh National People's Congress on December 26, 1989, revised at the eighth meeting of the Standing Committee of the Twelfth National People's Congress on April 24, 2014)

table of Contents

Chapter One General Provisions

Chapter 2 Supervision and Management

Chapter 3 Protection and Improvement of the Environment

Chapter 4 Prevention and Control of Pollution and Other Public Hazards

Chapter 5 Information Disclosure and Public Participation

Chapter VI Legal Liability

Chapter 7 Supplementary Provisions

Chapter One General Provisions

Article 1 This law is formulated to protect and improve the environment, prevent pollution and other public hazards, protect public health, promote the construction of ecological civilization, and promote sustainable economic and social development.

Article 2 The term “environment” as used in this law refers to the totality of various natural and artificially modified natural factors that affect human survival and development, including the atmosphere, water, ocean, land, mineral deposits, forests, grasslands, wetlands, and wildlife , Natural relics, cultural relics, nature reserves, scenic spots, cities and villages, etc.

Article 3 This law applies to the territory of the People's Republic of China and other sea areas under the jurisdiction of the People's Republic of China.

Article 4 The protection of the environment is a basic national policy of the country.

The state adopts economic and technological policies and measures that are conducive to saving and recycling resources, protecting and improving the environment, and promoting the harmony between man and nature, so as to coordinate economic and social development with environmental protection.

Article 5 Environmental protection adheres to the principles of protection first, prevention first, comprehensive management, public participation, and responsibility for damage.

Article 6 All units and individuals have the obligation to protect the environment.

Local people's governments at all levels shall be responsible for the environmental quality of their administrative regions.

Enterprises, institutions, and other producers and operators shall prevent and reduce environmental pollution and ecological damage, and shall bear responsibility for the damage caused by law.

Citizens should increase their awareness of environmental protection, adopt a low-carbon and frugal lifestyle, and consciously fulfill their environmental protection obligations.

Article 7 The state supports the research, development and application of environmental protection science and technology, encourages