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Regulation Of The Dumping Of Wastes At Sea: The Chinese Practice

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Marine environmental protection remains an important priority for human beings in the 21st century. According to statistics, there are three main sources of marine pollution in China: (1) land-based, the largest source of pollution, accounting for almost half of the total waste water discharged into the sea and comprising about 80 per cent of marine pollutants; (2) discharge of waste waters and dumping of wastes into the sea by marine activities; and (3) atmospheric deposition of pollutants. This chapter addresses the ocean dumping issue from a legal perspective, analyzing and assessing the relevant laws and regulations and their implementation and enforcement in China. In addition, it compares Chinese regulations and their implementation with the relevant international law to see whether or not they are compatible. To better explain Chinas law and practice, relevant case law regarding dumping of waste is reviewed as well.

Keywords: Chinese regulations; international law; marine pollution; ocean dumping issue



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