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6 Revision of Environmental Protection Law Stirs Controversy

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In 2012, the amendments to the Environmental Protection Law (EPL) and the Civil Procedure Law (CPL) attracted great attention. The amended CPL was introduced on January 1, 2013, and for the first time, environmental public interest litigation became enshrined in the law marking the beginning of public interest litigation for environmental protection. The revision of the EPL aroused great controversy, even receiving such criticism as being a "regression of decades". To stop the approval of the draft amendments by the National People's Congress (NPC), famous Chinese environmental jurists wrote to Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of the Legislative Affairs Committee of the NPC, noting that there were many flaws in the proposed amendments to the EPL, for which the NPC Standing Committee was advised to postpone the bill passing process. According to the classification of laws, the CPL belongs to the category of procedural law.

Keywords: Environmental Protection Law (EPL); Chinese environmental jurists; Civil Procedure Law (CPL); National People's Congress (NPC); NPC Standing Committee; Wu Bangguo



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