On April 27, MEP held a symposium of the NPC deputies and CPPCC members on the legislation of soil environment protection in Beijing. MEP Vice Minister Li Ganjie chaired the symposium and delivered a speech.
Li indicated that the state of the soil environment quality affects the health of not only our generation but also future generations. The legislation of soil environment protection is the fundamental guarantee for doing a good job in all work relating to the protection and comprehensive management of soil environment. To expedite the legislation process is the specific action of carrying out the decisions and arrangements of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council, the inevitable requirement for effectively curbing soil pollution, as well as the objective requirement for clarifying the responsibilities of the government, enterprises, society and other relevant parties.
Li emphasized that the legislation of soil environment protection must be based on the national condition of China and adhered to the guiding principle of “protection first, combining prevention with treatment, managing and controlling risks, ensuring safety”. We must understand the legislative orientation in order to effectively prevent, treat and reduce soil pollution, maintain the safety of soil environment, and thus guarantee the quality of agricultural products, build a good living environment, and ensure the sustainable use of soil resources. We must pay attention to the pertinence, practicability and effectiveness of the legislation, and effectively solve current salient problems of soil environment through the formulation and enactment of law. We shall establish a strict system for soil environment protection by making full use of existing research findings and our work foundations, learning from foreign experiences and being bold in making explorations and innovations.
At present, positive progress has been made in the legislation of soil environment protection. A leading group and a working group, led by MEP and joined by government departments including National Development and Reform Commission, Ministry of Land and Resources, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, Ministry of Science and Technology, National Health and Family Planning Commission (the former Ministry of Health), have been established for the drafting of the regulations on soil environment protection. Also, an expert panel with environmental law and soil environment experts has been established. The Soil Environment Protection Law (Draft) has initially been formed.
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