China tightens environment rules for coastal projects

China will require environmental impact assessments for coastal construction projects, China Daily reported on Friday.

The amendment to environmental laws, which takes effect on January 1, 2008, requires reports on the marine impact of all coastal projects, including rebuilding and expansion projects, before they win environmental approval.

"The report should include environmental assessments of the project’s location and the sea area, the impact on the marine environment during and after construction, and measures that will be taken for environmental protection and their feasibility," the report said.

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