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Pollution measures for public feedback (5)

By Li Jing (China Daily)

08:21, November 17, 2011

Beijing has 27 monitoring stations capable of reading PM2.5 levels.

Some environmentalists said the new standards reflect the growing influence of public opinion regarding pollution.

"The government's move (to publish PM2.5 levels) finally answers the public's outcry over air quality," said Ma Jun, director of the Beijing-based environmental group, the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs.

Steiner from the United Nations said he was impressed by active public involvement in pushing for better air quality and supervising the government.

Only with public involvement can China really reduce pollution, he said.

"I'm glad to see the country is shifting from having a problem to having an opportunity," Steiner said.

Zheng Xin, Wu Wencong and Wu Yiyao contributed to this story.

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