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Multi-pronged path to clean air

By Cai Wenjun (Shanghai Daily)

16:36, December 27, 2011

WITH the promise of ensuring that 90 percent of all days have good to excellent air quality, local environmental officials yesterday announced a plan to renovate technology at power plants, clean up vehicle emissions, control the amount of flying dirt, improve companies' reclaiming of volatile organic compounds and improve restaurants' control of oil fumes.

The action plan is part of the new round of three-year environmental protection that starts next year, the environmental watchdog said. Also in the plan, announced previously, is public disclosure of PM2.5 - airborne particles less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter.

Currently, Shanghai reports only sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and less sensitive particular matter PM10 in its daily air-quality report, while monitoring PM2.5 has been carried out since 2005 in the city.

The plan's draft was released on the Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau's website and is open for public response until Saturday through e-mail, fax and letters. The final version of the three-year plan will be announced early next year.

Covering the areas of most environmental concern, the draft addresses water quality, air quality, solid waste processing, recycling, noise control, industrial pollution and restructuring, agriculture and rural environment, ecological environment and clean manufacturing.

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