July 30, 2016
China has taken the first step to claim compensation from air polluters after a court in Shandong province ruled to impose an unprecedented penalty of nearly $3.3 million (22 million yuan) on a local glass manufacturer for its toxic emissions, according to a July 22, 2016 report from Voice of America News.
The country’s first ruling against air pollution has sent a warning across factories in China to better manage their emissions.
According to the All-China Environment Federation, which brought up the case, on July 20, 2016 the court found Shandong-based Zhenhua Limited responsible after its factory emitted exhaust gases containing more than 255 (metric) tons of sulfur dioxide, 589 tons of nitrogen oxide and 19 tons of dust between November 2013 and February 2015, one month before it was ordered to shut down.
The court not only ordered Zhenhua Limited to pay a penalty that is four times the estimated cost for restoring the damage it caused, but also demanded a public apology from the polluter.
China has stepped up efforts to combat its war on air pollution by amending its 15-year-old Air Pollution Control Law, which took effect earlier this year to deploy legal tools against the pollution threat.
What this means to you
China has imposes a first-ever, unprecedented penalty of nearly $3.3 million (22 million yuan) on a local glass manufacturer for its toxic emissions.
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