You can’t make this stuff up, you know. You really can’t . . .
According to a press release from the Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network (an institution whose name is itself Orwellian enough), the EPA are in in China as part of a “multi-year effort” in collaboration with the Center for Legal Assistance to Pollution Victims, based in Beijing, along with other institutions. Details are scarce, but it appears that the EPA are training judges in how to adjudicate on environmental cases where people sue over issues such as pollution and Co2 emissions, etc. The release comments that:
The Kunming pilot training was the latest step in a multi-year effort by EPA and VLS to improve court capacity in China to adjudicate environmental cases. In June, 2011, EPA and VLS held a two-day planning meeting in Beijing to solicit comments and contribution from a team of Chinese scholars and senior environmental court judges on a draft judicial training curriculum that EPA previously piloted in Wuhan, China in 2009
The question of whether it is proper for the EPA, a body funded by the US taxpayer, to be in a totalitarian communist state training officials of that state appears not to have been raised yet. Given the criticisms of China’s human rights record, one wonders what questions the EPA are asking and what assurances they have received.