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Building site monitors

Air pollution monitors are to be installed on more Shanghai construction sites, city environmental authorities said yesterday.

Detectors were installed in more than 40 sites last year on a trial basis and data sent to the Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau monitoring center.

Now the scheme will be rolled out on more of Shanghai’s 8,000 construction sites, the Second Plenary Session of the 12th Shanghai Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference heard.

Sites will be ordered to suspend operations if pollution exceed levels.

The bureau is also planning more severe punishments for enterprises that discharge waste illegally.

Under the new system, fines will be based on the number of days between two rounds of checks.

For example, if a company is ordered to make improvements after a first round check, but fails to achieve this by the time a second round inspection takes place four weeks later, it will be fined 28 times the original sum.

In 2013, more than 4,000 enterprises that violated environment protection regulations were ordered to remedy this and fined a total of 80 million yuan (US$13.2m). Some 630 businesses that refused to make improvements were shut down.



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