MEP has advanced the environmental management of hazardous wastes from the following aspects in recent years. a. We have improved the hazardous waste environmental management system, by releasing the National Catalogue of Hazardous Wastes, establishing the hazardous waste exemption system, and amending the law on the prevention and control of pollution by solid wastes. b. We have urged local areas to conduct capacity building for disposing of hazardous wastes. So far, 2,034 hazardous waste business permits have been issued by the environmental protection branches across China. The holders of those permits are operating with a combined capacity of 52.63 mil. t/y, up 29.38 mil. t/y from 2010 level. c. We have strengthened the standardized management and assessment of hazardous wastes. We randomly checked more than 8,000 entities that either generate or operate hazardous wastes during the 12th Five-Year Plan period, with the overall qualification rate up 15 percentage points. Fourth, we have enhanced the regulation over compliance. In 2016, we worked with the Ministry of Public Security on cracking down on hazardous waste related environmental offences, canvassed 46,397 hazardous waste operators, filed and investigated 1,539 cases, and transferred 330 cases to the police departments to pursue criminal liabilities.
The Ministry will strengthen the regulation over hazardous wastes from the following perspectives. First, we will quicken the pace to improve the management framework, amend the law on the prevention and control of pollution by solid wastes and other legislations, and make it clear that the hazardous waste generators shall be held accountable for decontamination of hazardous wastes and lifelong compensations for the environmental damages caused. Second, we will ask the companies to take the main responsibility for hazardous waste management and the government to take the regulatory responsibility, and set up corporate environmental information sharing platform to disclose the incompliant companies. We will hold the Party and government leading officials accountable for lifelong environmental protection. Third, we will tighten enforcement and set up a long-term mechanism for cracking down on hazardous waste related crimes. We will make the administrative enforcement to be more complementary with criminal justice, show zero leniency to hazardous waste related crimes, and work with the police department to severely crack down on relevant environmental offences. 1e1e36bf2d