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Air pollution to be curbed in 28 cities in North China
August 28,2017   By:China Daily

Aug. 28, 2017 -- A worker hangs ornaments at the Ming Dynasty City Wall Ruins Park under a blue sky in Beijing in March, 2017. LIU PING/CHINA DAILY

Aug. 28, 2017 -- China has pledged to cut PM2.5 concentration by at least 15 percent year-on-year in 28 northern cities from October to March to meet smog reduction targets, the top environmental authority said.

A new Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei regional environmental protection bureau will be set up and will begin a trial operation by the end of September to facilitate joint controls, it added.

The Ministry of Environmental Protection released a 143-page action plan on its website on Thursday night, listing detailed targets, controlling measures and punishments. The action plan covers Beijing, Tianjin and 26 other cities in the smog-plagued provinces of Hebei, Shandong, Henan and Shanxi.

Among the 28 cities, Beijing, Tianjin and Shijiazhuang, Hebei province, will have to meet higher targets. The three cities must cut PM2.5 concentration by 25 percent year-on-year between October and March, and the number of days with severe air pollution are to be cut by 20 percent.

The plan also sets various reduction targets for the rest of the 28 cities based on their current pollution level.

PM2.5, hazardous fine particulate matter with diameter of less than 2.5 microns, has been a major index to measure air pollution in China.

The central government required the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, by the end of 2017, to lower the regional concentration of PM2.5 by 25 percent compared with the 2012 level, and Beijing must lower it to 60 micrograms per cubic meter.

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