The court established in the southern province
of Fujian has appointed 12 specialist consultants who will
assist litigators on technical issues, Xinhua news agency
Environmental scandals have plagued China in recent years as the
country pursued a strategy of high growth and rapid
industrialization. Faced with growing anger over pollution,
Beijing has adopted a more environmentally-friendly strategy.
A new environmental law approved last month is expected to give
the government power to impose tougher penalties on polluters
when it enters into force on Jan. 1 next year.
Hitherto, many companies found it cheaper to pay fines rather
than clean up production methods.
(Reporting by Stian Reklev; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)
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