Policy ForumSCIENCE AND LAW

Revising China's Environmental Law

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Science  12 Jul 2013:
Vol. 341, Issue 6142, pp. 133
DOI: 10.1126/science.1235000

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China's Environmental Protection Law (EPL) is the main national environmental legislative framework. Yet the environmental legal system is incomplete, and implementation and enforcement of environmental laws have shown major shortcomings (13). A controversial attempt to revise the EPL could have far-reaching impacts on China's economic development and environmental protection, which may have global implications (4, 5). Increasing pressures to strengthen the rule of law in China raise the stakes (6). We discuss the need for a sound legal and scientific basis for revising the EPL.