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City targets tiny airborne particles (2)

By Cai Wenjun   (Shanghai Daily)

09:33, February 29, 2012

According to the plan, local government will eliminate high-polluting vehicles and control discharges from key industrial plants to reduce PM2.5, which pose major health risks in addition to affecting air quality and visibility.

Currently, there are over 200,000 high-polluting vehicles on local roads. Their exhaust discharge is 20 to 30 times that of new cars. Shanghai will expand the areas banning these high-polluting vehicles and eliminate 150,000 of them by 2014. It will also adopt a stricter National V emission standard, equivalent to European V, on new cars, as well as require cleaner fuel, next year.

By 2014, the city will eliminate 2,000 outdated projects with low production capacity but high pollution. These projects are responsible for 35 percent of overall particle emissions in the city, including the larger PM10.

Regulation of power plants and other sources of industrial pollution also will be tightened, and an online flying dirt monitoring system will be established on construction sites, the bureau said.

Shanghai will also cooperate with neighboring provinces in the Yangtze River Delta region to carry out regional air pollution inspection and control.

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