Ching-Ching Ni: China Environment Agency Takes On Giant Dam Corporation

From Los Angeles Times:

A state environmental agency succeeded in halting work on three new projects run by operators of the giant , as part of a larger effort in China to rein in infrastructure ventures that fail to meet environmental standards.

It had been unclear whether the State Environmental Protection Administration could prevail over the government-owned enterprise that runs the world’s largest hydroelectric project. But observers say the results this week show the country is serious about cleaning up the environment.

“It’s definitely a small breakthrough,” said Zhou Xiaozheng, a sociologist at People’s University in Beijing. “Before, no one would have dared to stop them.”

However, the agency has limited options for enforcement.

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