Winter smog control made a top priority
October 25,2016 By:China Daily
Levels of PM2.5 in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei area had been reduced by 14.3 percent year-on-year
Oct. 25, 2016 -- The Ministry of Environmental Protection has sent 10 teams to inspect the performance of 20 provinces in controlling air pollution amid calls to reduce smog in winter after northern regions experienced poor air quality recently.
The inspection teams will focus on the implementation of major efforts such as shutting down illegal construction projects and polluting companies, and reviewing regular inspections of local environmental teams, the ministry said.
The 20 provinces to be inspected includes the northern and northeastern provinces of Tianjin, Hebei, Shanxi, Henan and Liaoning, as well as southern provinces such as Fujian and Guangdong.
The ministry highlighted the need to address heavy smog expected in the coming winter, especially in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei area.
When Beijing's central heating system is switched on in mid-November, a substantial rise in carbon emissions, as well as static weather patterns, would make it difficult for airborne pollutants to disperse, causing smog and poor air quality.
However, vast areas in the country's northern regions have already been hit by severe smog, several weeks before the central heating system has been switched on.