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Twelve Areas Instructed to Formulate Regional Environmental Pollution Control Programs

October 5, 2007

On October 5, 2007, the Minister of the Environment determined that the twelve areas of Kashima, Saitama, Chiba, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyogo, Nara, Wakayama, Kitakyushu and Oita need to formulate new regional environmental pollution control programs, for the period of validity of their previous programs had already expired at the end of FY 2006; and instructed the prefectural governors concerned to formulate new programs.

Article 17 of the Basic Environment Law stipulates that the governors of the prefectures suffering from serious pollution need to formulate regional environmental pollution control programs pursuant to the instructions from the Minister of the Environment. The formulated programs are subject to the Minister's approval. As of the end of FY 2006, 31 areas nationwide had regional environmental pollution control programs.


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