Contaminated Land Regime Under the Soil Contamination Law of China 2018



This chapter discusses China’s contaminated land regime under the newly adopted nationwide contaminated land legislation—Soil Contamination Law of China 2018. It looks at the statutory definition of soil contamination under the law. It explores the features of institutional design and institutional controls of China’s contaminated land regime. It also examines the risk management and control, remediation of contaminated land, liability issues and financial mechanisms under the regime.


Soil contamination Risk management and control Risk assessment Contaminated land remediation Administrative liabilities Criminal liabilities Civil liabilities Financial supports Tax incentives 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Law and JusticeUniversity of Southern QueenslandToowoombaAustralia

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