From Los Angeles Times:
A state environmental agency succeeded in halting work on three new projects run by operators of the giant Three Gorges Dam, 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.