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State Environmental Protection Administration

Sepa's extra teeth a small step in the right direction, analysts say

The proposed elevation of the State Environmental Protection Administration to ministry status has been widely applauded inside and outside the Great Hall of the People as a big boost for the beleaguered watchdog and the country's uphill battle to clean its foul water an

Friday, 14 March, 2008, 12:00am

Sepa admits it lacks sway to block big oil refinery

The country's top environmental watchdog has admitted it lacks the power to block the construction of a massive oil refinery near Guangzhou, which experts say will exacerbate air pollution problems in the Pearl River Delta.

Yesterday's remarks by State Environmental Protection Administration deputy director Pan Yue follow mounting public concern over the project's impact.

4 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Green move a step in the right direction

The enshrinement of the concept of 'scientific development' in the Communist Party's constitution might be expected to help level the playing field for the mainland's environmental watchdogs. But they revealed this week just how much official mindsets have to change before the goal of sustainable development is no longer an uphill battle.

15 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Beijing acts to make green efforts a must for IPOs

Beijing plans to require listed companies to report efforts at environmental protection in a move to further tighten regulations on corporate polluters and foster conservation and green business practices, a State Environmental Protection Administration (Sepa) official said.

13 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Unilever fined over pollution

Unilever (China) has been penalised for discharging substandard waste water, state media reported, in what appears to be a toughening stance against foreign-owned offenders.

18 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Natural wonders of Dunhuang under threat, Sepa warns

The ancient city of Dunhuang , in the northwestern province of Gansu , has stood for more than a millennium but its natural and historic wonders could disappear into the dust if authorities do not create a protection zone around the city, according to the mainland's environmental watchdog.

8 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

New rules to protect major lakes

The mainland's environment chief has spelled out measures for tackling the pollution of three major lakes after a series of algal blooms over the past two months.

13 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Polluters shamed in Sepa report play down concerns

Three major mainland companies included on a State Environmental Protection Administration (Sepa) blacklist on Tuesday - Anhui Conch Cement, China Mengniu Dairy and China Petrochemical - sought to play down the environmental watchdog's concerns yesterday.

5 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Watchdog hits decision to build incinerator

The nation's top environmental watchdog has hit out at local authorities in Beijing over their approval of a controversial waste-treatment plant near a populated residential area, two days after a rare protest by hundreds of residents in the city centre.

8 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Dirty firms named in shame list

China has for the first time published a national list of factories and companies that will be closely monitored by the environment watchdog for their harmful industrial emissions.

31 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Shanxi city shuts polluting factories

300 more on environmental watchdog's black list face closure

A city in Shanxi province has permanently cut power supplies to 162 polluting factories and plans to shut down about 300 more in the first half of this year in response to blacklisting by the central government's environmental watchdog.

8 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Corruption fuels rise in emissions

Sepa chief says fraud lets projects pass environmental tests

Corruption and slow construction of pollution-control facilities are to blame for a rise in emissions during the first half of the year, according to a top environmental official.

21 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Greens may cancel plan to sue dams watchdog

Activists receive 'positive response' to their concerns over Nu River project

Environmental activists are expected to cancel a plan to sue the country's top environmental watchdog over the controversial damming of the Nu River in Yunnan , a Beijing-based lawyer said.

3 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Activists threaten to sue watchdog over dam project

Four environmental activists plan to sue the national environmental watchdog if it does not intervene in a controversial dam project on the Nu River by the end of the month.

22 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

In Brief

Northern China braces for two more sandstorms

22 Apr 2006 - 12:00am