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Hong Kong to Monitor Fine Air Pollutants at Stations by March

Natasha Khan Bloomberg.com 01/13/2012 02:57
Hong Kong to Monitor Fine Air Pollutants at Stations by March - Hong Kong - environment - society


Hong Kong will measure pollutants smaller than 2.5 micrometers at all its monitoring stations by March, as roadside smog reached a record last year.



The government is testing sampler monitors at nine stations, adding to the five that are already measuring the fine particle pollutants, Environment Secretary Edward Yau said in a written reply to the Legislative Council today. Yau didn’t say if the data would be released to the public.

PM2.5 particles are more dangerous than larger particles because they may interfere with gas exchange inside the lungs when inhaled, according to the World Health Organization. Roadside pollution in Hong Kong was the worst ever last year, the South China Morning Post reported on Jan. 9, citing data from the government’s environmental protection department.

The Hong Kong government is working on a final proposal to update its air quality objectives, which it plans to submit to the Legislative Council for discussion “as soon as possible,’ Yau said.


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