China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection said September 26 that planned caps on SO2 and NOx in the air and levels of chemical oxygen demand and ammonia nitrogen in wastewater could impact whether large projects in certain provinces have their environmental impact assessments approved. Henan province will be the first to implement the 12th Five-Year Plan pollutant caps, and pilot provinces will have a three-part system for monitoring progress: a cap for each pollutant, an incremental emissions projection for each, and a calculation of current emissions.