12,000 polluters to suspend production
More than 12,200 coal-fired boilers and factories in polluting industries will suspend or limit production for eight days starting Aug 28 to get good air quality for Beijing’s Sept 3 military parade.
The restrictions will cover Beijing and six surrounding areas. The capital also will restrict the use of vehicles whose license plates end with odd or even numbers on alternate days to clean the air for the parade marking the 70th anniversary of China’s victory in the War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression (1937-1945).
If the planned controls are fully implement, Beijing will see the concentration of PM2.5 — particular matter with a diameter smaller than 2.5 microns — reduced by 25 to 39 percent, according to one environmental expert.