China Daily (Hong Kong) - - NATION -

Of­fi­cials from the seven mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and prov­inces near Bei­jing will be held ac­count­able if more than three con­sec­u­tive heav­ily pol­luted days oc­cur in the com­ing win­ter as a re­sult of their poor per­for­mance in preven­tion, said Ding Xiangyang, deputy-sec­re­tary-gen­eral of the State Coun­cil, on Tues­day.

Ding said the pos­si­bil­ity of pol­lu­tion grows grad­u­ally as win­ter ap­proaches, es­pe­cially in north­ern China, where a large amount of in­fe­rior coal is burned dur­ing the heat­ing sea­son, pol­lut­ing the at­mos­phere.

Ding was speak­ing at a re­gional meet­ing held in Bei­jing.

He urged of­fi­cials from Bei­jing and Tian­jin as well as He­bei, Shanxi, Liaon­ing and Shan­dong prov­inces and the In­ner Mon­go­lia au­ton­o­mous re­gion to pre­pare for pol­lu­tion con­trol and emer­gency re­sponse, such as con­sult­ing re­gion­ally when large ar­eas of pol­lu­tion oc­cur and mak­ing plans as early as pos­si­ble to cope with sit­u­a­tions such as the mas­sive pol­lu­tion in the re­gion that lasted for most of Jan­uary.

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