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WANG_GAO_JAN26.DOC (DO NOT DELETE) 3/16/2011 6:16 PM ENVIRONMENTAL COURTS AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PUBLIC INTEREST LITIGATION IN CHINA Alex L. Wang* and Jie Gao** Environmental public interest litigation (EPIL) has been the subject of much discussion in China for a number of years. However, even though the State Council’s “Decision on the Implementation of Scientific Development and Strengthening of Environmental Pro-tection” specifically mentioned the “promot[ion of] environmental public interest litigation” in 2005,1 the development of environmental *Alex Wang is a Senior Attorney and Director of the China Environmental Law Project at NRDC. **Jie Gao is a Senior Attorney at the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC). This article draws in large part from Jie Gao, Environmental Public Interest Litigation and the Vitality of Environmental Courts: The development and future of environmental courts in China, GREENLAW (Mar. 2010), available at http://www.greenlaw.org.cn /en...