China will invest US$2.14 billion (RMB14.96 billion) during the period of the 11th Five-Year Plan implementing a new State Environment Supervision Plan to improve environmental monitoring, China Business News reported. The plan was jointly approved by the National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Finance. The funds will be managed by the Ministry of Environmental Protection. New rules also go into effect on May 1 requiring any dischargers of pollutants to install online automatic monitoring devices. A lack of monitoring is perceived as one of the biggest barriers to implementing pollution reduction measures in China, with many industrial parks reluctant to abide by environmental rules.