Environmental Protection Agency Launches Chinese-Language Web Site

Washington - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched a Chinese-language Web site with materials on a variety of issues ranging from lead-poisoning prevention, energy efficiency and clean water to proper management of pesticides.

The site is aimed at the Chinese-speaking communities in the United States and worldwide.  Currently presented in traditional Chinese characters, the site eventually will carry simplified Chinese as well.

Chinese is the third most commonly spoken language in the United States, after English and Spanish.

EPA says the new portal also should enhance environmental cooperation between the United States and China. EPA currently has cooperative programs with several Chinese governmental bodies to address threats to human health and the environment, including initiatives on air pollution, water pollution and management of hazardous waste and toxic substances.

The agency also collaborates with China on research, policy development and strengthening of environmental enforcement capability.

Chinese-language materials on a wide range of environmental topics are available on the EPA Web site.

For more on U.S. environmental policy, see Environment.