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China Lays out Timetable for Air Quality Control

12-22 14:35 Caijing

By January 1, 2016, all cities and towns across the country will embrace a new environmental air quality test standard, and the emissions data will be available to the public

The Ministry of Environmental Protection laid out a detailed timetable for Chinese cities to monitor the smallest and most hazardous airborne pollutant, known as PM 2.5, the People’s Daily reported.

Environmental bureaus in major industrial zones along the eastern and northern coastal areas, as well as municipalities and provincial capital cities, will start monitoring the PM2.5 data from 2012, and 113 other major cities will follow suit by 2013.

By January 1, 2016, all cities and towns across the country will embrace a new environmental air quality test standard, and the emissions data will be available to the public, the paper said.

The move came one day after Vice Premier Li Keqiang ordered governments to include the criteria of PM 2.5 into the monitoring system while stressing a balance between growth and environmental protection.

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