Stricter regulations on environmental evaluations for new projects will be enforced, the Wall Street Journal reported. According to the central government website, evaluations must be carried out before and after a project is approved, effective October 1. If the project causes a serious negative impact on the environment while it is being carried out, measures to remedy it must be reported immediately to the authorities and the project must be revised if necessary. Before being approved, the evaluation must detail the project’s short- and long-term impact on the economy, society and the environment and also outline ways in which the impact on the environment can be diminished. Environmental evaluation of city-level projects will be the responsibility of local environmental authorities, while provincial projects will be evaluated by environmental authorities under the State Council.
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