Soil Pollution Standards & Proposed Law

by China Water Risk 11 March, 2014

In the 2014 No. 1 Document, the central government put its top priorities as “improving rural environment and maintaining food security”. Both are tightly linked with soil pollution. The government is currently drafting the “Soil Environmental Protection Law”, and we expect the legislation process to be accelerated.

Meanwhile, the MEP has announced on 3 March 2014 that the Soil Pollution Prevention & Remediation Action Plan will be issued by the end of this year, with five key tasks including 1) to give priority to protect arable lands, 2) pollution sources control, 3) risk management of contaminated sites, 4) pilot sites for soil remediation, and 5) to strengthen monitoring and management of the soil environment.

Furthermore, until now the following national standards on soil pollution testing methods have been published last year, which help to strengthen the monitoring of soil environmental quality (see the full list of soil environment related standards here (Chinese only)):