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Environmental law to be revised

Updated: 15:48’ - 29/03/2013

The Vietnam Environment Administration has, in coordination with Japan International Cooperation Agency, recently held a seminar to collect expert comments on the draft revisions of the 2005 Environmental Protection Law.

Addressing the seminar, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Bui Cach Tuyen said after eight years of implementation, some provisions of the 2005 Environmental Protection Law, e.g., those on environmental standards, environmental impact assessment, waste management, and administrative and criminal handling of environmental violations, have become impractical and should be revised.

While retaining the basic contents of the 2005 Law, the draft law, with 167 articles arranged in 17 chapters, adds regulations on climate change and protection of the air environment. It also provides for the integration of protection of natural resources and the environment into climate change response, introduces the concept of “environmental security”, and encourages green growth and development of eco-industries and eco-cities.

Regarding protection of the air environment, the draft law proposes that all exhaust gas emission sources should be evaluated and controlled. Organizations and individuals engaged in production, business and service activities that cause air pollution would be required to mitigate and treat air contaminants so as to assure the quality of the air environment. Meanwhile, projects involving exhaust gas emission activities would be considered and approved based on the bearing capacity of the air environment. 

The draft law is expected to be submitted to the National Assembly for comment at its upcoming session.-

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