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[23PacRimLPolyJ0171] Reap What You Sow: Soil Pollution Remediation Reform in China

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dc.contributor.author Drenguis, Dustin D.
dc.date 2014-01
dc.date.accessioned 2014-05-16T14:52:35Z
dc.date.available 2014-05-16T14:52:35Z
dc.date.issued 2014-01
dc.identifier.citation 23 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J 171 (2014) en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1066-8632
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1773.1/1336
dc.description Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal, volume 23 no.1, January 2014 en_US
dc.description.abstract Abstract: As China undergoes the fastest economic development in the history of the world, so too has its environmental problems shattered all precedents. While China’s leaders recognize they must change course, environmental concerns have long taken a back seat to economic development. Soil pollution is destroying China’s environment, affecting public health, and reducing the country’s food supply. Soil pollution slows China’s economic development, preventing land development in urban centers. Soil pollution also threatens China’s social stability because it has inspired marginalized groups to organize in protest of environmental conditions. Environmental remediation, or the obligations of a facility or the government to clean up land contaminates, is essential in China. But China’s environmental remediation laws are ambiguous, poorly enforced, and often entirely unobserved. In order to respond to these challenges, the central government needs to develop a remediation scheme that: 1) requires strict liability to remediate soil pollution with appropriate exceptions; 2) evaluates the degree of remediation needed for a particular site; 3) utilizes the cadre system’s promotion targets to ensure enforcement; and 4) promotes more public transparency to relieve the public’s anxiety. These changes will serve both environmental and economic interests. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Seattle: Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal, University of Washington School of Law en_US
dc.subject Comment en_US
dc.title [23PacRimLPolyJ0171] Reap What You Sow: Soil Pollution Remediation Reform in China en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.rights.holder Compilation © 2014 Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal Association en_US

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