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Dusty building sites criticized

THE World Expo 2010 site and the Shanghai Hongqiao Integrated Transport Hub site are the most polluted construction sites in the city based on resuspended particulates, the Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau said yesterday after inspecting hundreds of construction sites across the city.

Bureau officials said all construction sites that violate the pollution prevention regulation for resuspended particulates will be punished, regardless of whether they are commercial or government ventures.

According to the regulation, the maximum punishment is 20,000 yuan (US$2,933).

The bureau's environmental supervision team of the Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau and district-based governments began inspections of more than 430 sites across the city on May 1. Violations included garbage dumps, uncovered rubbish and a high level of resuspended particulates found in the air. The bureau did not release the resuspended particulate counts at inspected sites.

At the Expo site between Lupu Bridge and Nanpu Bridge, dust and rubbish were everywhere and hadn't been covered. At Hongqiao Integrated Transport Hub, no environmental protection measures were taken and the air was filled with dust and particulates.

The bureau said some major construction projects neglect environmental protection in order to stay on schedule. The government will shut down sites that refuse to comply after being warned, the bureau said.

Wu Yaohong, a man living on Qixin Road, which is beside Hongqiao Integrated Transport Hub, said he was concerned because the road was always covered with excavated dirt and rubbish.

"I haven't opened the window for about half a year," Wu said. "The air is full of dust from the construction site."


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