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Pollution measures for public feedback (4)

By Li Jing (China Daily)

08:21, November 17, 2011

The Chinese Academy for Environmental Planning has already drafted a plan to reduce PM2.5 concentrations by 10 percent in 12 key city clusters - including the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei area, the Yangtze River Delta and Pearl River Delta - by 2015.

And some local authorities said that they are already prepared for the new standards.

Fu Qingyan, deputy chief engineer with the Shanghai Environmental Monitoring Center, said Shanghai is likely to become the first to publish PM2.5 readings as early as next year.

"Currently there is no technical barrier to include PM2.5 in air quality monitoring in Shanghai," he said, adding more than 20 monitoring stations are piloting measurements of pollutants, but only for internal testing.

Du Shaozhong, deputy head of the Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau, said the bureau has long been making preparations to monitor and release PM2.5 readings. But a timetable was not released.

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