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BEPB deputy director: air quality in August fully meets standards
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16:57, August 14, 2008

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According to the Beijing News, in the first 13 days of August, air quality in the city fully met standards. This was announced over the radio on August 13 by the Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau (BEPB) deputy director and spokesman Du Shaozhong.

An expert from the Beijing Environmental Monitoring Center explained that the past 13 days have all met air quality standards, including five days that met the highest standards. This has been a very rare occurrence within the last few years. In the latter part of the first third of August, Beijing saw a period of unfavorable, hot and humid weather, but measures to reduce carbon emissions in order to preserve air quality for the Olympics have been effective.

Du Shaozhong said that in order to deal with unfavorable weather conditions, the environmental bureau has taken emergency internal measures. These measures are different from the previous contingency plan in that the former are based on carbon emission reduction measures that are already in place, urging industrial facilities, motor vehicles, construction sites, etc. to fully implement emission reduction measures.

For example, on the night of August 7, a continuous wind allowed air contaminants to spread, and the environmental bureau put its emergency plan into action, examining all circumstances of pollution reduction in Beijing and the surrounding area, in order to ensure the air quality on the day of the opening ceremony would meet standards.

By People's Daily Online

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