Shanghai to Fine Tune Plans on Emergency Pollution Warnings
Shanghai is now fine tuning their emergency air pollution plan that will release a timed warning against smoggy weather and further intensify mandatory measure that will help reduce pollution. During a news conference in which the city environmental protection bureau has released an updated emergency air pollution plan that is already approved by the municipal government.
Based on the plan Shanghai will be creating a four tiered warning system for polluted weather, red being the most serious then followed by orange, yellow then blue. The blue alert will be released when the air quality index in the city will read between 201 and 300 for 24 hours. A yellow alert will be issued for 48 hours for an air quality index of 201-300. Orange alert for an air quality index of 301 to 450 for 24 hours and for air quality index of above 451 will be issued red alert for 24 hours.
In line with the warnings the authority will be also creating a four level response system that will go with the warning system and has already made clear compulsory measures that will be taken on polluted days. Example when a red alert is raised the government will take 50 percent of government vehicles off the roads and will be banning activities that involved large crowds, and suspend classes and work at high polluted enterprises and construction sites.
The original plan that took effect generated an outcry as residents stated that the warnings came too late. Furthermore the old version of warnings on the measures that was needed to be taken on polluted days is compulsory or advised.
Shanghai was made significant progress against air pollution and the new plans are more detailed and will make further improvement in the timing and is said to be more practical. The environmental workers needs to learn further knowledge on the weather and should come up a practical emergency plan and Shanghai is leading in time area compared to other cities in the country.