an official newspaper in China on Friday that the Beijing government is considering a new law imposes on the projects that pollute the environment heavily fines of up to more than 10 thousand yuan (1549 dollars) a day if it fails to comply with the rules of preservation of the environment.
The newspaper quoted Economic Aanformishn issued by the New China News Agency (Xinhua) sources as saying that the new draft law will be published later this year and presented to parliament for approval at the parliamentary session for next year.
China is trying to achieve a balance between economic growth and environmental protection and find difficulty in forcing industrial enterprises to abide by the rules of preservation of the environment, especially that the current fines and "administrative penalties" is not a sufficient deterrent.
The report quoted experts as saying that the proposed law will provide a "legal weapon" new guarantees payment of adequate compensation for environmental disasters. He said the cost increase would force small businesses to the contaminated environment to end its activity.
But the new fines may not be enough to deter some major companies owned by the state.
The newspaper said that the National Oil Corporation followed by PetroChina paid fines and reached to one million yuan and five million yuan, "assistance" after an explosion in one of the company's factories in the northeastern province of Jilin in 2005.
The report said the explosion caused the pollution of the Songhua River toxic substance benzene, which cost the government 7.84 billion yuan to clean up the river