The Chinese high court and environmental regulators issued rules that describe 14 categories of "crimes of impairing the protection of the environment and resources" and aim to ease the process of convicting and sentencing violators. Among the actions set forth as crimes are discharging toxic materials, infectious-disease pathogens and radioactive waste into drinking water, as well as causing any pollution that poisons more than 30 people or requires the evacuation of more than 5,000 people.

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