Five-year pol­lu­tion con­trol project planned

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE -

China’s Min­istry of Science and Tech­nol­ogy has started plan­ning for a five-year air pol­lu­tion pre­ven­tion and con­trol project, the min­istry an­nounced.

A draft blue­print for the project has been pub­lished on the min­istry’s web­site and the min­istry is so­lic­it­ing com­ment from the public, gov­ern­ment de­part­ments and ex­perts. Ac­cord­ing to the draft, the project will be car­ried out start­ing this year un­til 2020.

The fo­cus of air-pol­lu­tion con­trol should be shifted from sim­ply re­spond­ing to heavy smog to a co­or­di­nated plan to pre­vent both PM2.5, or air­borne par­ti­cles mea­sur­ing less than 2.5 mi­crons in di­am­e­ter, and ozone (O3), ac­cord­ing to the draft.

Air pol­lu­tion mon­i­tor­ing and man­age­ment prac­tices will be shifted from the city level to a re­gional scale, the draft said.

Re­search will fo­cus on the cause and spread of pol­lu­tion, its im­pact on health, mon­i­tor­ing and warn­ing sys­tems, as well as pol­lu­tion man­age­ment and air qual­ity im­prove­ment tech­nol­ogy and strat­egy. (Photo 3)

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