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China to centrally control air pollution

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China is planning a centrally-administered air pollution control. Officials will be documenting goals and responsibilities of provincial governments, and evaluating their progress.

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This year, pollution control between Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei province, as well as the surrounding regions, will become fully integrated, Xinhua learned Saturday from the Ministry of Environmental Protection, writes China Daily.

The ministry said government efforts to curb emissions of major pollutants have so far proven "effective", even though public complaints over smog and other hazardous weather kept mounting, particularly in Beijing. Figures from the ministry show that national emissions of ammonia nitrogen. sulfur dioxide and nitric oxide dropped between 2 percent and 3 percent in the first half of 2013.

In the first six months, the ministry rejected or suspended approval for 14 construction projects that fail to meet environmental requirements, involving a total investment of nearly 64 billion yuan ($10.5 billion).

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