Developing an Appropriate Contaminated Land Regime in China
Lessons Learned from the US and UK
2013, XXII, 298 p.
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Brand new research area of environmental law in China
First comparative study which includes China, the US and UK with respect to the contaminated land legislation
Reveals the environmental policy-making process in China from an insider's perspective
Like all industrialized countries, China has encountered increasing problems with land contamination in recent years. Abandoned mining and manufacturing sites and obsolete industrial complexes, while also creating new polluting industrial enterprises, represent impending environmental threats. More importantly, a number of social and economic problems have developed and must be dealt with, in some cases urgently. Contaminated land laws and regulations have been established and have evolved in the US and UK and many other jurisdictions over the past few decades. These regimes have substantially influenced the relevant legislation in the context of numerous Asian and European countries and will inevitably benefit similar legislative efforts in China. This book is the first monograph that focuses on how China can learn from the US and UK with respect to contaminated land legislation and comprehensively illustrates how contaminated land law could be created in China. It will be of interest to academics and practitioners in environmental law in China, as well as the US and UK.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »China - Comparative Law - Environmental Law - Environmental Policy - Land Contamination - Risk-based Land Management
Introduction.- Status Quo of Land Contamination in China: Causes, Effects and Features.- The Regulatory Frameworks to Address Land Contamination in China.- Contaminated Land Liability Scheme in the US: Lessons for China?.- Contaminated Land Liability Regime in the UK: General Concerns for Developing Contaminated Land Liability System in China.- Contaminated Land Remediation – Legal Issues and Recommendations for China.- The Role of Environmental Liability Insurance in Contaminated Land Legislation of China: Theories and Case Study.- Financing Mechanisms for Contaminated Land Remediation and Redevelopment.- Conclusion and Recommendations.