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Beijing levels over 500 BBQ grills in smog fight

Over 500 illegal barbecue grills in Beijing were destroyed yesterday amid the city’s efforts to fight air pollution and lingering foggy weather.

The Beijing City Administration and Law Enforcement  Bureau started an operation in August to supervise the capital city’s open-air barbecues, which cause serious air pollution and contribute PM2.5 particles, authorities with the bureau said. PM2.5 are airborne particles measuring less than 2.5 microns in diameter, which can pose health risks.

Over 500 illegal barbecue grills have been seized during the three-month operation, according to authorities.

In its battle for blue skies, Beijing has adopted an emergency response program to allow cars with odd and even license plates on roads on alternating days and to close schools when a “level one” alert is issued. The city also started a pilot air quality warning system on November 1 that will issue different warning levels, with a level one alert issued when the air quality index goes beyond 500.

According to an action plan unveiled in September, inhalable particulate matter will be cut by at least 10 percent in major cities by 2017.



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