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Beijing to Implement New Emergency Plan to Combat Pollution

Beijing to Implement New Emergency Plan to Combat PollutionWhen the heavy smog in Beijing continues for more than three more days, the city will then launch top level emergency efforts that will hopefully reduce pollutant emissions, which includes restricting half of the private vehicles on the road based on license plates. This will be one of the major changes in the updated emergency plan created by the city that was released Monday in which the plan will lower standards for launching alerts when severe air pollution shrouds the city.

Last year Beijing suffered severe air pollution on 45 days but no red alert, which is the highest in the four level emergency plans was issued, thus raising questions from the public. According to the new plan a red alert can be issued by the municipal government when severe air pollution is forecasted to extend more than three days. Statistics showed that Beijing will release two or three red alerts a year after the standards are lowered.

Once a red alert is issued the government will be imposing the toughest restrictions on pollutant emissions. In which half of private vehicles will be restricted based on license plates, and government departments and institutes will get extra 30 percent restrictions on its vehicles which could be used will be banned. Major companies in polluting industries will be suspended and primary and middle school students will study at home.



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