Air Quality Monitoring System to be Placed in 190 Cities Before the Year Ends
A senior environmental official recently announced that a national air quality monitoring network system with 950 monitoring stations will be operational in 190 cities before the year ends. Plans are already on the way to build 440 air quality observation points in at least 116 cities this year when 496 such observation points were constructed in 74 cities last 2012.
These observation points will publicize real time air quality data while offering effective means of supervising by local governments in the efforts of curbing air pollution. Vice minister for the environmental protection WU Xiaoqing said that the serious pollution in South China’s Pearl River Delta, North China’s Beijing, East China’s Yangtze River Delta and Tianjin municipalities which are considered are the 3 major economic powerhouses in China are covering 8 percent of the country’s landmass but is discharging five times more pollutants per square kilometer compared to other areas.
These areas are experiencing more than 100 smoggy days per year and some cities and the numbers increases to 200. The ministry is aiming to reduce the intensity of the PM2.5 air borne particles by 2015 in those regions by at least 6 percent. The environmental protection agency is hard at work together with other departments in establishing an assessment mechanism for local governments to help them realize their goals.
The ministry will also supervise and monitor big polluting enterprises to control the pollutant discharge and the ministry will be introducing a pollution prevention and control policy in the future to further control fine particulate matter.
The Ministry of Environmental Protection also will supervise and urge big polluting enterprises to disclose their pollutant discharge information this year, he said, with the ministry expected to soon introduce pollution prevention and control policy for fine particulate matter.
With more than 30 years of rapid development the country is now facing a daunting environmental problem including the heavy smog which covered parts of the city several times this winter.