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08.02.2012 11:28

Secrecy in Environmental Monitoring

For reasons that go beyond lightening the load of strained government agencies, NGOs should be permitted to openly monitor environmental information
By Zheng Ge
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(Beijing) – Organizations and individuals are the only antidote to the harms that result from treating environmental information as government secrets.

In June, the Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau head, Zhang Quan, lambasted the U.S. Consulate in Shanghai for starting public pollution readings of small airborne particles known as PM 2.5, stating such actions were unlawful.

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