In control areas along the mainstream and tributaries of the Yellow River, the new construction and expansion of chemical parks/projects will be prohibited. Heavy penalties will apply if there is any violation.
In the whole Yellow River basin, environmental risk assessment and control of toxic and hazardous chemicals will be implemented by authorities.
On October 30, 2022, the Yellow River Protection Law (hereinafter referred to as the Law) was adopted by the National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, which targets key issues of the Yellow River basin*, e.g., water shortage, ecological fragility and flooding, etc. The Law is the second piece of legislation on a key river basin in China after the enactment of the Yangtze River Protection Law**. It will take effect on April 1, 2023.