The First Local Regulations for the Prevention and Control of Water Pollution in Sichuan Province Release in Mianyang
2017-12-22

[Abstract] With the development of social economy, people¡¯s need for fresh air, clear water, clean environment and other ecological products is growing. The Standing Committee of the Municipal People's Congress actively responds to the expectations of the masses for good ecological environment. After collecting the legislative topics openly and applying for the approval of the municipal party committee, the Standing Committee of the Municipal People's Congress will draw up the Regulations for the Prevention and Control of Water Pollution of Mianyang into the legislative plan.

At present, the Regulations have been discussed twice by the seventh session of the Standing Committee. The suggestions for revising and improving have been proposed. The Regulations will be discussed at the eighth meeting of the seventh session of the Standing Committee to be held this month, and will be submitted to the provincial people's Congress for approval and implementation. This marks the first local regulation of water pollution prevention and control in our province, which will be officially released in our city, so as to provide a strong legal guarantee for the realization of "blue sky, green land and clean water". On the drafting and modification of the regulations, an interview has been conducted recently by Mianyang environmental protection century interview group.  

Mianyang boasts more than 3000 rivers and creeks. The main river is Fujiang River and its tributaries. In order to further refine the provisions of national laws and make up the weakness of higher-level laws, it is necessary to normalize and legalize the standard measures assured by national, provincial and municipal relevant documents. In this way we can better solve the problem of prevention and control work of water pollution in our city, and constantly improve the level of management work and the quality of water environment. In November 2016, the Standing Committee of the Municipal People's Congress announced the legislative issues of 2017 to the whole city, and carried out full communication and consultation with the municipal government in combination with the collected legislative issues. The municipal government has proposed to the Standing Committee of the Municipal People's Congress to formulate the Regulations on the prevention and control of water pollution in the city of Mianyang". After discussing and studying, the Standing Committee of the Municipal People's Congress agreed with the proposal of the municipal government and reported it to the Municipal Committee after approval. On January 4, 2017, the third conference of the seventh session of the Standing Committee of the People's Congress adopted the legislative plan of the Standing Committee of Mianyang Municipal People's Congress in 2017.

In accordance with the local legislative work in 2017 arranged by the Standing Committee of the Municipal People's Congress, the Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau drafted the early Regulations(Draft). Comrades from the municipal environmental protection department, water supply department, agriculture department, housing construction and other departments, as well as the drafting group members, conducted extensive research work in different counties (cities and districts). Through soliciting opinions from all parties, seminars, hearings, experts and legislative negotiation, after repeated improvement, the Regulations (Draft) came into being. Approved by the Standing Committee of the municipal government, it was sent to the Municipal People's congress. In order to fully promote democracy and improve the quality of legislation, the Standing Committee of the Municipal People's Congress has solicited many opinions and suggestions from many channels and levels. All levels of committees of Municipal People's Congress Standing Committee organized a few meetings. They have invited some experts, university professors of law legislation to the meetings, to propose guidance for the framework, content, legal language of the Regulations (Draft). The Municipal People's Congress sent a research group to Yangzhou, Taizhou and other places, to learn experience and solutions on water environment protection. The group went to Fucheng District, Youxian District, Jiangyou City, Yanting County and other places, to solicit opinions and suggestions of the local people's congress, the relevant functional departments, and business representatives etc. The Regulations (Draft) was revised and perfected again and again. By doing that, we strive to make it more feasible, to ensure the formulation of local regulations in our city is in line with the actual economic and social development of the city, and to reflect people's interests and wishes.

The responsible person of the Municipal People's Congress Standing Committee introduced that the promulgation of the Regulations will be of great significance to improve the quality of the urban water environment of our city, and to further promote the scientific and fast development of Mianyang. It will further strengthen the protection of the city's urban water sources and water quality, clarify regulatory responsibility, strictly prevent and control water pollution and jointly improve the water environment in accordance with the laws of our city, so as to promote the construction of a happy Mianyang.