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MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA
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Marine Environment Protection Law of the People's Republic of China
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(Adopted at the 24th Meeting of the Standing Committee of the Fifth National People's Congress on August 23,
1982 and revised at the 13th Meeting of the Standing Committee of the Ninth National People's Congress on
December 25, 1999, promulgated by Order No. 26 of the President of the People's Republic of China on
December 25, 1999)
CHAPTER I GENERAL PROVISIONS
Article 1 This law is enacted to protect and improve the marine environment, conserve marine resources, prevent
pollution damages, maintain ecological balance, safeguard human health and promote sustainable economic
and social development.
Article 2 This law shall apply to the internal waters, territorial seas and the contiguous zones, exclusive economic
zones and continental shelves of the People's Republic of China and all other sea areas under the jurisdiction of
the People's Republic of China.
All units and individuals engaged in navigation, exploration, exploitation, production, tourism, scientific research
and other operations in the sea areas under the jurisdiction of the People's Republic of China, or engaged in
operations in the coastal areas which have impact on the marine environment shall comply with this law.
This law shall also apply to areas beyond the sea areas under the jurisdiction of the People's Republic of China
that cause pollution to the sea areas under the jurisdiction of the People's Republic of China.
Article 3 The State shall establish and put into practice the system to control the total pollution load for sea
disposal in key sea areas, determine the standards to control the total load of key pollutants for sea disposal and
control the pollution load for sea disposal assigned for key pollution sources. Specific measures for the
implementation shall be formulated by the State Council.
http://english.mep.gov.cn/Policies Regulations/laws/environmental laws/200710/t200... 2009-10-5
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Standing Committee of the National People's Congress. Marine Environment Protection Law of the People's Republic of China, text, December 25, 1999; Beijing, China. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc11931/m1/1/: accessed April 18, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; .