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“Ev­ery evening, I can smell the heavy smoke from burn­ing coal in this area.”

Global Times – Metro Beijing - - TWO CENTS - Il­lus­tra­tions: Luo Xuan/GT

So said a woman sur­named Wu who re­ported this to the Bei­jing Daily. Wu, who lives in Shahe, a sub­urb in Chang­ping dis­trict, said that be­cause they have not un­der­gone the re­form from coal to elec­tric­ity for heat­ing, many res­i­dents still burn coal. How­ever, many peo­ple who live in the rental apart­ment build­ings built by lo­cal vil­lagers burn low-quality coal, which she be­lieves causes heavy air pol­lu­tion. Some res­i­dents hope that the gov­ern­ment will in­ves­ti­gate and se­verely pun­ish the act of burn­ing low-quality coal and con­trol the con­struc­tion of apart­ment build­ings built by lo­cal vil­lagers. (Source: Bei­jing Daily)

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