Beijing cites public opinion for emission-permit delays
By China Daily
Asia News Network
Published on July 5, 2008
The issue of pollution-emission permits will be delayed, as more time is needed to gauge public opinion, an official with the Environmental Protection Ministry said yesterday.
"There is no timetable for issuance of the permits," the official said. He denied media reports the permits would be issued at the end of the year.
Twenty-first Century Business Herald yesterday quoted a source from the Environmental Protection Ministry, as saying "the permits will be officially released at the end of this year, or next year, by the State Council".
However, the ministry official said: "We definitely need more time to make public the legislative procedures."
Emission permits are being introduced to control the amount of pollutants discharged. Currently, only the concentration of a pollutant is monitored.
"Polluters should make preparations for treatment facilities," said Xia Guang, director of the ministry's policy research centre.