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2 The Rise and Challenges of Public Environmental Testing

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Public environmental testing in China has benefited from the popularity of the term PM2.5. While the U.S. embassy's measurement was considered unrepresentative of the entire city and China's official measurement had not yet become part of the environmental monitoring system, the public had no access to any information on the PM2.5 levels in their surroundings. This was where public environmental testing came into the picture. On December 19, 2011, twenty-one environmental NGOs, including Friends of Nature, the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE), and Green Beagle submitted an open letter to the Legislative Affairs Office of the State Council. This open letter pointed out an infringement of people's right to environmental information in this draft and put forward eight proposals, including deleting articles that do harm to public participation and supervision of environmental monitoring, and adding an article to safeguard people's right to environmental information.

Keywords: China; environmental monitoring system; Friends of Nature; Green Beagle; IPE; PM2.5; public environmental testing



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