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State Council passes draft law on air pollution prevention

China is making efforts to curb air pollution. The State Council has passed an amended draft law on the prevention and control of air pollution. The draft emphasizes control from the source, regulating total discharge and density of pollutants.

It set rules for coordinated control of multiple pollutants from coal burning, industry, automobiles, and dust. And punishment for violations such as discharging pollutants without a permit, excessive discharge of pollutants and fabricating monitoring data have been specified. The draft was discussed at an executive meeting of the State Council and will be submitted to China’s top legislature, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress for deliberation after further amending.