Give law greater clout in battle against pollution – Jiang Ping

In the China Daily, Jiang Ping, a leading legal scholar in China and former President of the China University of Political Science and Law, writes:

On November 13, 2005, a blast at the Jilin Chemical Plant caused the leakage of tons of benzene, aniline and nitrobenzene into the Songhua River. This, in turn, threatened the health of millions of people living along its banks, whose drinking water comes from the river.

Water is indispensable to farming, industry, communications and people’s everyday lives. This shows the vital importance of protecting water resources, which is an integral part of our efforts.

The conflicting interests of localities in the upper and lower reaches of the Songhua River asserted themselves in this accident. [Full Text]

See previous posts about environmental protection.

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