October 27, 2016: The Ministry of Environmental Protection ("MEP") has issued the Official Reply to Relevant Issues on Identifying the Illegal Discharge of Pollutants by Avoiding Regulation (the "Reply").

The Reply responds to the Request of the Guangdong Provincial Department of Environmental Protection on Identifying the Illegal Discharge of Pollutants by Avoiding Regulation as follows: 

  • First, any enterprises, public institutions, and other producers and Enterprises Producing and Assembling Specialized Appliances for the Disabled Exempted from Income Tax October 24, 2016: Three departments including the State Administration of Taxation have issued the Circular on Enterprise Income Tax Exemption for Enterprises Producing and Assembling Specialized Appliances for Disabled People (the "Circular"). MEP Clarifies Issues on Identifying Illegal Discharge of Pollutants by Avoiding Regulation October 27, 2016: The Ministry of Environmental Protection ("MEP") has issued the Official Reply to Relevant Issues on Identifying the Illegal Discharge of Pollutants by Avoiding Regulation (the "Reply"). - 2 - operators that are found to have illegally discharged pollutants by avoiding regulation such as through concealed conduits, seepage wells, seepage pits, or perfusion, or abnormal operation of pollution prevention and control facilities shall be investigated and punished. Whether a construction project used for discharging pollutants has passed through the environmental impact assessment examination and the acceptance inspection for environmental protection or not does not affect the identification of the illegal discharge of pollutants by avoiding regulation, but it may be taken into consideration as a factor based on which the seriousness of such illegal act is determined;
  • Second, if an enterprise, public institution or other producer or operator discharges pollutants directly without building up a supporting pollution prevention and control facility, such circumstance shall not be deemed as illegal discharge of pollutants by avoiding regulation through abnormal operation of pollution prevention and control facilities.