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Authorities to act on sewage plant smell

THE director of the Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau said authorities will launch measures to reduce the smell from sewage plants close to residential complexes.

The Tianshan sewage plant and Longhua sewage plant, the two located in downtown areas and closest to residential areas, will be moved to the outskirts of the city within the next five years.

Zhang Quan, the bureau director, told the annual session of the Shanghai People's Congress yesterday that he will make a recommendation at the annual session of the National People's Congress in March to set up a stricter air quality monitoring system, as the current one, which only includes the monitoring of nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide and particle matters, does not reflect the precise air conditions for conditions such as haze.

Chang Jiang, an SPC deputy, said the Tianshan sewage plant is at the crossing of Tianshan Road and Hami Road in Changning District, and generates a bad smell.

"It is not a new problem and local residents have been complaining for a long time," Chang said. "The smell seriously damages people's quality of life."

Zhang said measures to control the smell will be launched soon and removal of the two plants is planned.

He also said the bureau will create an air-quality warning system to help residents.


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