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Interim Provisions on Administration of Environmental Protection in Cases of Wastes Import
Promulgation Date:1996-03-01  Promulgation Number:e001431996030119960401The State Environmental Protection Administration, the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation, the General Administration of Customs, the State Administration for Industry and CommerceNotice of the State Environmental Protection Administration, the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation, the General Administration of Customs and the State Administration for Industry and Commerce on Huan Kong [1996] No. 204  Promulgation Department:The State Environmental Protection Administration, the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation, the General Administration of Customs, the State Administration for Industry and Commerce
e001431996030119960401The State Environmental Protection Administration, the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation, the General Administration of Customs, the State Administration for Industry and CommerceNotice of the State Environmental Protection Administration, the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation, the General Administration of Customs and the State Administration for Industry and Commerce on Interim Provisions on Administration of Environmental Protection in Cases of Wastes ImportHuan Kong [1996] No. 204The environmental protection administration of every province, autonomous region, municipality directly under the Central Government and every city specifically designated in the state plan, the Foreign Economic and Trade Commission (or Bureau), the Administration for Industry and Commerce, the Sub-Administration of Customs of Guangdong, the customs offices directly affiliated to the General Administration of Customs,the commodity inspection bureau directly affiliated to the State Commodity Inspection Bureau, the municipal special commissioners’ offices of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation:Interim Provisions on Administration of Environmental Protection in Cases of Wastes Import are hereby promulgated and please carry out.Notice is hereby given.The State Environmental Protection AdministrationThe Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic CooperationThe General Administration of CustomsThe State Administration for Industry and CommerceMarch 1, 1996epdf/e00448.pdfM, P2, O, D2waste, import, environment, protection, pollutione00448Interim Provisions on Administration of Environmental Protection in Cases of Wastes ImportChapter I General ProvisionsArticle 1These Provisions are formulated in accordance with the Law of the People's Republic of China on the Prevention and Control of Solid Wastes Pollution to the Environment and relevant laws and for the purposes of strengthening the environmental management on import of wastes and preventing the environmental pollution caused by imported wastes.Article 2These Provisions are applicable to the activities of import of wastes and environmental supervision and management within the territory of the People's Republic of China.Article 3It is forbidden to dump, pile or dispose of wastes imported from abroad in China.Import of wastes that could be used as raw materials is restricted and, if import of such wastes is necessary, it must be governed by these Provisions.Article 4All units and individuals have the right to expose units which illegally import wastes to the competent administrative departments of environmental protection, competent departments of foreign trade and economic cooperation, Customs, import/ export commodity inspection departments, administrative departments for industry and commerce and judicial organs.Article 5The State Environmental Protection Administration exercises supervision and control over import of wastes throughout the country.The competent administrative departments of environmental protection of local people's governments at various levels exercise supervision and control over import of wastes within their respective jurisdictions according to these Provisions, and have the power to make on-spot inspection into units engaging in import business activities of wastes.Article 6The State Environmental Protection Administration, jointly with the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation and the General Administration of Customs, formulate, adjust and announce the List of Wastes Restricted by the State for Import as Raw Materials (Attachment 1).The State Administration for Import and Export Commodity Inspection, together with the State Environmental Protection Administration, formulate the standards for compulsory inspection over imported wastes.Article 7The competent departments of foreign trade and economic cooperation, Customs, import/export commodity inspection departments and administrative departments for industry and commerce exercise supervision and control over import of wastes and related business activities within their respective scope of duties.Chapter II Environmental Management on Import of WastesArticle 8Import of any waste listed in Attachment 1 must be examined and approved by the State Environmental Protection Administration.Import of any waste not listed in Attachment 1 of these Provisions (see Article 32 for the scope of wastes) is forbidden.Article 9The application and approval procedures for import of wastes are as follows:(1)If imports of wastes of H.S. code 7204.1000, 7204.2100, 7204.2900, 7204.3000, 7204.4100, 7204.4900 and 7204.5000 listed in Category VI of Attachment 1 (hereinafter referred to as wastes of H.S. codes 7204.1000 to 7204.5000) are applied for, the units of import of wastes or the units of utilization of wastes apply therefore directly to the State Environmental Protection Administration, and the State Environmental Protection Administration examines and approves such applications.(2)If imports of other wastes listed in Attachment 1 are applied for, the units of import of wastes or the units of utilization of wastes apply therefore to the competent administrative departments of environmental protection under the people's governments at the city level in the places where the units of utilization of wastes are located (hereinafter referred to as the competent administrative departments of environmental protection at the city level), and after they are examined and consented by the competent administrative departments of environmental protection at the city level and the competent administrative departments of environmental protection under the people's governments of provinces, autonomous regions or municipalities directly under the Central Government (hereinafter referred to as the competent administrative departments of environmental protection at the provincial level), they are reported to the State Environmental Protection Administration for examination and approval.Article 10An application for import of wastes must meet the following requirements:(1)The unit applying for import of wastes for use as raw materials must be an enterprise legal person established according to law, and have the capability in utilizing the imported wastes and corresponding equipment for the prevention and control of pollution; and(2)Wastes applied for import have been listed into the List of Wastes Restricted by the State for Import as Raw Materials.Article 11The unit applying for import or utilization of wastes listed in Attachment 1 of wastes must submit the following application materials:(1)Application Form for Import of Wastes (Attachment 2)(omitted);(2)Report on Environmental Risks for Import of Wastes as Raw Materials or Statement on Environmental Risks for Import of Wastes as Raw Materials.The above-mentioned application materials must be made in three copies.Article 12The competent administrative department of environmental protection accepting an application for import of wastes shall, within five working days from the date of receiving the application materials for import of wastes, handle the application for import of wastes respectively as follows:(1)If the requirements of Articles 9 and 10 of these Provisions are met, the application for import of wastes shall be accepted;(2)If any of the requirements of Article 10 of these Provisions is not met, the application for import of wastes is not accepted and the reasons are given thereto; or(3)If the applicant fails to submit any of the application materials listed in Article 11 of these Provisions, the applicant shall be notified to submit the supplementary materials within a given time limit. If he fails to do so within the given time limit, it is deemed as not filing application therefore.Article 13The units applying for import or utilization of wastes of H.S. codes 7204.1000 to 7204.5000 in Category VI of Attachment 1 must make assessments on environmental risks from wastes planned to import for use as raw materials and in the course of their storage, transportation and utilization, fill in the Statement on Environmental Risks on Import of Wastes and submit it directly to the State Environmental Protection Administration for examination.Article 14The units applying for import or utilization of wastes in Categories II, VII, VIII and IX of Attachment 1 must make assessments on environmental risks from wastes planned to import for use as raw materials and in the course of their storage, transportation and utilization, prepare the Report on Environmental Risks on Import of Wastes, and submit it to the competent administrative departments of environmental protection for examination according to the relevant provisions of the State Environmental Protection Administration.Article 15The units applying for import or utilization of wastes in Categories I, III, IV,V and VI other than wastes of H.S. codes 7204.1000 to 7204.5000 of Attachment 1, or the units applying for import of wastes again referred to in Article 14 already approved, must make assessments on environmental risks from the wastes planned to import for use as raw materials and in the course of their storage, transportation and utilization, fill in the Statement on Environmental Risks on Import of Wastes, and together with the Application Form for Import of Wastes, submit them to the relevant competent administrative departments of environmental protection for examination according to the procedures prescribed in paragraph (2) of Article 9 of these Provisions.Article 16The technical requirements and examination procedures for the assessment of environmental risk on import of wastes arc formulated separately by the State Environmental Protection Administration.The units undertaking to assess environmental risks on import of wastes must obtain the Qualification Certificate for Assessment of Environmental Risks on Import of Wastes issued by the State Environmental Protection Administration.Article 17The competent administrative departments of environmental protection at the city or provincial level accepting applications for import of wastes shall, within 10 working days from the date of receiving the application materials for import of wastes, produce their examination comments and notify applicants.Article 18Within 10 working days from the date of receiving the directly accepted application materials for import of wastes or the application materials for import of wastes transmitted by the competent administrative departments of environmental protection at the provincial level, the State Environmental Protection Administration shall make decisions of approval or disapproval and notify applicants.If an application for import of wastes is approved, the State Environmental Protection Administration issues the Certificate of Approval for Import of Wastes (Attachment 3)(omitted).Article 19When necessary, the State Environmental Protection Administration may organize experts for discussion or solicit opinions of related departments in the course of examining the application materials for import of wastes.Article 20The valid term of the Certificate of Approval for Import of Wastes issued by the State Environmental Protection Administration is one year.Article 21The Customs must give clearance for wastes listed in Attachment 1 only according to the Certificate of Approval for Import of Wastes issued by the State Environmental Protection Administration and the inspection certificate issued by the of import/export commodity inspection agencies in the places of ports.Article 22The units of import of wastes and the units of utilization of wastes must fill in the Report on Import of Wastes for the wastes imported each quarter (Attachment 4)(omitted), and submit them to the competent administrative departments of environmental protection at the city level in the places where the units of utilization of wastes are located.The units of utilization of wastes must, according to the requirements of the Report on Environmental Risks of Import of Wastes or the Statement of Environmental Risks of Import of Wastes, prevent and control any pollution to the environment caused by the imported wastes.Article 23The import/export commodity inspection agency shall, whenever discovering any possible pollution to the environment by imported wastes in conducting inspection, timely notify and transfer the case to the local competent administrative department of environmental protection and Customs for handling according to law.Article 24If a processing or production project which utilizes imported wastes as raw materials is constructed, the construction unit must make an assessment of environmental risks, prepare the Report on Environmental Risks of Import of Wastes, and after the competent administrative departments of environmental protection at the city level and the provincial level in the place where the construction project is located produce their comments, submit it to the State Environmental Protection Administration for examination.Article 25The units engaging in the processing and utilization of wastes in Category VII of Attachment 1 must be the wastes processing and utilization units approved by the State Environmental Protection Administration.Article 26An enterprise applying to engage in import, operation, processing or utilization of wastes listed in Attachment 1 must submit the document of approval issued by the State Environmental Protection Administration, and without such document of approval issued by the State Environmental Protection Administration; the administrative department for industry and commerce may not approve its registration.Enterprises already engaged in the operation activities of imported wastes prior to the operation of these Provisions must, according to the provisions of Document No [1995] 54 of the General Office of the State Council, apply to the State Environmental Protection Administration for examination and approval.Chapter III Penalty ProvisionsArticle 27Anyone who, in violation of these Provisions, moves wastes from abroad into China for dumping, piling or disposals, or imports wastes for use as raw materials without approval by the State Environmental Protection Administration, is punished according to Article 66 of the Law of the People's Republic of China on the Prevention and Control of Solid Wastes Pollution to the Environment.Anyone who, in the name of utilization as raw materials, imports wastes not usable as raw materials is punished according to the provisions of the preceding paragraph.Article 28Solid wastes already illegally moved into China are governed by Article 68 of the Law of the People's Republic of China on the Prevention and Control of Solid Wastes Pollution to the Environment.Article 29If anyone forges or alters the Certificate of Approval for Import of Wastes of the State Environmental Protection Administration, the State Environmental Protection Administration imposes a fine of more than 50,000 Yuan but less than 500,000 Yuan thereto and transfers concurrently to the judicial organ for investigation of criminal responsibility.Article 30If anyone, in violation of the provisions of Paragraph (2) of Article 26 of these Provisions, fails to go through the examination and approval procedures with the State Environmental Protection Administration for import operations of wastes but continues to engage in import operations of wastes, the Customs may not give clearance to the wastes and order him to transport the wastes back, the competent department of foreign trade and economic cooperation shall revoke his import operation right according to law, and the administrative department for industry and commerce shall revoke his business license according to law.Article 31Any person engaging in supervision and control on import/export of wastes who abuses his power, neglects his duty or practices favoritism for personal gains, is given administrative sanctions if his act does not constitute a crime; and if a crime is constituted, criminal responsibility is investigated according to law.Chapter IV Supplementary ProvisionsArticle 32The definitions of the following terms in these Provisions:(1)Scope of wastes:Solid wastes mean wastes in solid or semi-solid state generated in the production, construction, daily life and other activities, which pollute the environment.Industrial solid wastes mean solid wastes generated in such production activities as industry and transportation.Urban living rubbish means solid wastes generated in the course of urban daily life or activities providing services for urban daily life as well as those solid wastes that, as stipulated by laws and administrative regulations, are deemed urban living rubbish.Dangerous wastes mean wastes included in the national lists of dangerous wastes or wastes which, according to the State's identification standards and method of dangerous wastes, are determined as having the dangerous property.(2)Units of import of wastes mean foreign trade operation units engaging in import of wastes.(3)Units of utilization of wastes mean units that actually engage in the processing and utilization of imported wastes.Article 33If any provisions on environment management on import of wastes issued by the State Environmental Protection Administration itself or jointly with relevant departments prior to entry into force of these Provisions contradict these Provisions, such provisions cease to be implemented.Article 34These Provisions are interpreted by the State Environmental Protection Administration jointly with relevant departments.Article 35These Provisions shall enter into force as of April 1, 1996.Attachment:Relevant Clauses of the Law of the People's Republic of China on the Prevention and Control of Solid Wastes Pollution to the EnvironmentArticle 66If anyone, in violation of the provisions of this Law, dumps, piles or disposes of solid wastes moved into China from outside the territory of China, or imports solid wastes for use as raw materials without approval by the competent department of the State Council, the Customs orders to transport back and return the said solid wastes and may impose a fine of more than 100,000 Yuan and less than 1,000,000 Yuan concurrently. If anyone evades Customs control, thus constituting a crime of smuggling, criminal responsibility shall be investigated according to law.Anyone who, in the name of raw materials utilization, imports solid wastes not usable as raw materials shall be punished according to the provisions of the preceding paragraph.Article 68With regard to the solid wastes already moved into China illegally, the competent administrative departments of environmental protection of the people's governments at and above the provincial level shall make proposals on handling them to the Customs according to law, the Customs shall, according to the provisions of Article 66 of this Law, make decisions on the punishment therefore; if environmental pollution has already been caused, the competent administrative departments of environmental protection of the people's governments at and above the provincial level shall order the importers concerned to eliminate the pollution.
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