Series of Emergency Measures to be Implemented by Guangzhou During Heavy Smog
The local government in Guangzhou recently released a series of emergency measures that will be implemented when the city is clouded with heavy pollution. The new measures includes almost a third of government vehicles and half of private vehicles off the streets and will be forcing factories the further reduce emissions.
The director for the environmental protection bureau in Guangzhou Yan Liu said that there will be periods of heavy pollution in the air and these periods will be categorize as emergencies. During these emergencies a 15 department task force will be created to coordinate actions that will be done in the day when the city is experiencing heavy smog. These contingency measures are activated under the orange alert that will take effect when air quality index reaches between 200 to 300 under 48 hours at 5 out of 10 monitoring stations. Local authorities will then take 20 percent of the government vehicles off roads.
A red alert is based when the air quality index exceeds 300 then 30 percent of government vehicles will be taken off roads, private vehicles are be allowed on roads in alternate days which is based on the odd and even number on their license plates.
And for the past three years the air quality index have not exceed 300 but it passed the 200 mark twice in 2011 and three times in 2012. Guangzhou did not follow Beijing in suspending classes on days when the air quality is at its worst. During these times factories will be asked to cut emissions by 30 percent. Outdoor cooking and fireworks will be banned and the city will increase its monitoring on gas stations and restaurant kitchens.