China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) has issued an English-language news release providing information on its initiative to catalog sources of pollution in that nation. The initiative is likely to include facilities that process and consume scrap materials, which have been undergoing scrutiny by the MEP throughout 2017.
The Aug. 30, 2017, press release says its “Measures for the Disclosure of Environmental Information by Enterprises and Public Institutions” have been drafted by the MEP “to further promote the disclosure of environmental information by enterprises and public institutions, and enable the disclosure to be more feasible and useful.”
The proposed measures “stipulate that the major polluters should make public such basic information as the name of the organization, the unified social credit code, legal representative, principal place of business, and contact information; the pollution discharge information such as the name of the main pollutants and feature pollutants, the way of discharge, the concentration and total load of discharged pollutants, the discharge standards, and the excessive discharge; and the construction and operation of pollution control facilities, as well as other environmental information that should be disclosed.”
Continues the MEP, “The citizens, legal persons and other organizations that find any major polluter not sharing environmental information as required by law [will] have the right to report the polluter concerned to the competent environmental protection department.”
The MEP has given “government departments, enterprises, public institutions and individuals” until Sept. 18, 2017, to “contribute opinions and recommendations on the measures through the official website of the Ministry.”
The MEP says it will work with other departments and China’s State Council to “establish a platform for the enterprises and public institutions to disclose environmental information and provide easy access for the public.”
Critics of China’s recent environmental inspection and penalty regime have expressed concern that it has resulted in a crackdown on private sector companies with less scrutiny applied to state-owned enterprises.