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Construction projects dust targeted in air quality control

THOUGH Shanghai registered a record 92.1 percent of days marked for excellent or good air quality last year, 60 percent of the polluted days occurred in November and December last year.

The concentrated occurrence in the two months of polluted days raised high concern on air quality after the World Expo concluding at the end of October. Strict control on construction site dust and hay burning in the farm fields are high on agenda for the city environmental protection authorities who seek to let the city to have more days of blue sky.

The bureau will also try to better inform the public of the air quality through mobile phone network, television and radio broadcast this year when air pollution is serious, said Wu Qizhou, the bureau's vice director of Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau today.

Warnings will be issued via television on buses and metro trains, and short text messages on mobile phones. Currently the service is only available at the Website of Shanghai Environmental Monitoring Center.

Shanghai recorded 29 polluted days last year, including two seriously polluted days on March 21 and November 13 and medium air pollution on November 12 and 26 slightly polluted days. Eighteen polluted days were in November and December, six days more than 2009. Excessive inhalable particular matters are the major pollutant marring the local air quality.


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