China debates new water pollution law

Chinese lawmakers are discussing a draft law to fine bosses of companies responsible for water pollution incidents, Reuters reported on Wednesday.

The draft law, which comes ahead of a full session of the National People’s Congress (NPC) next week, may fine executives up to half
their annual salary for water pollution caused by their companies, the report said.

It would also ease the upper limits on penalties against polluting companies, holding them responsible for 30% of direct losses from
"serious" incidents and for 20% of the cost of incidents with "medium consequences."

The State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA) has also called for an end to tax breaks it says are enjoyed by exporters of 39
products that damage the environment.

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