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China to punish cities missing air quality targets

Steel News - Published on Tue, 22 Jan 2019

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Xinhua reported that China will strengthen accountability of cities that miss air quality targets this winter. Liu Bingjiang, an official with the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, said that "China has vowed to reduce the average PM2.5 density by 3 percent year on year between October 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019 in the area of Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei, one of the heavily polluted regions. However, the area saw a 9.2% YoY rise of average PM2.5 density from October 1, 2018 to January 19, 2019."

Liu attributed the rise to unfavorable weather conditions in the area since last fall, such as higher temperatures and low precipitation, adding that some cities in other heavily polluted regions also saw increases in the index.

He said “The ministry is formulating accountability measures for officials in cities that fail to fulfil air quality targets. To further curb air pollution this year, China will implement tougher ultra-low emission standards in the steel industry, make more efforts to promote the use of clean energy and reduce coal consumption.”

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Posted By : Ratan Singh on Tue, 22 Jan 2019
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