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China adopts new standards to turn air around

01-11-2012 08:15 BJT

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As 2012 begins, the year’s new standard stipulates that air monitoring domestic sites must publish data on an hourly basis for PM 2.5, Particulate Matter smaller than 2.5 micrometers. Invisible to the naked eye, these particles can cause major repository problems. There’s is a hefty amount of work to do before cities across the country can meet the new national standard.

Thick haze - Tuesday’s smog level reading was classified as "beyond index" according to the US Embassy’s tracking of Beijing’s air pollution levels.

As 2012 begins, the year’s new standard stipulates that air
monitoring domestic sites must publish data on an hourly
basis for PM 2.5, Particulate Matter smaller than 2.5
micrometers.

The Environmental Ministry has said it will factor PM 2.5 into national air quality standards by 2016, but it will take time to back up the entire monitoring system.

Luo Yi, head of National Environmental Monitor Center, said, "The goal of the new standard is to reduce environmental pollution to a minimum while maintaining a high speed of development. But it’s very difficult in the current situation. It will take a long time to train staff and connect each monitoring spot as a whole network. Besides, the development level varies from city to city. We still have a long way to go."

The National Environment Monitor Centre has monitored the air quality -- including PM 2.5 -- of several cities of China since 2008. In Beijing, though it has collected data on PM 2.5 for five years, it has not made regular announcements about its findings. But good news to Beijing residents, they are able to view the city’s air-quality monitoring data using the PM 2.5 gauge for the first time, as authorities plan to implement the new system before the Spring Festival.

"It is absolutely a good thing that we could know the readings. If there were any foggy weather, we can learn it so that we can take some protection."

The standard is the first step toward controlling PM 2.5. Some key cities and regions will be selected during the 12th Five-year Plan period to release air quality statistics. The country is relying on time, and raised standards to turn the air around.

 

Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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