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Beijing to create environmental police force to fight pollution

Staff Writer |
Beijing is studying plans to combat air pollution in 2017 through the creation of an environmental police force that will oversight 16 districts.




According to Acting Mayor Cai Que, outdoor barbecues, the incineration of rubbish, the burning of biomass and road dust are acts of non-compliance with the regulations and, at the same time, they are the result of negligent supervision and the weak enforcement of the law.

Speaking at a press conference after a severe smog episode hit the city for more than a week, Cai Que pointed out that the municipal government will take stricter measures to address air pollution in the new year.

He informed about the closure of the city's only coal power plant until after the heating season. The consumption of that mineral will be cut by 30 percent to less than seven million tons in 2017.

In addition, over 300,000 highly polluting old vehicles will be removed from the streets this year and 500 manufacturing factories will be closed, while 2,560 factories will be modernized to meet higher pollution treatment standards.

Cai explained that Beijing will strengthen relations with neighboring Hebei Province and Tianjin Municipality to establish strategies to fight air pollution.


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