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Most-polluted Baoding vows to improve air quality within 3 years  

保定官方:空气质量3年好转 适时出台限行措施

在环保部每月公布的全国十大污染城市中,保定常居其位。而按照拟定的《河北省新型城镇化规划》,保定将承接首都部分行政事业功能。发展需求与环境压力对比鲜明。保定市环保局副局长王金甫表示,未来将从多方面改善环境,争取三年空气质量好转。 [查看全文]
2014-04-16 13:13 Ecns.cn Web Editor: Yao Lan

(ECNS) -- Policymakers in Hebei's Baoding are trying to improve the city's air quality within three years by curtailing the worst emitting companies and restricting traffic, the Beijing Times reported on Wednesday.

Baoding always tops the list of the "Top 10 Most Polluted Cities in China" issued monthly by the Ministry of Environmental Protection.

The creation of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region has provided an opportunity for Baoding to accommodate some of the administrative departments and industries from the capital. However, Baoding's environmental capacity is limited, according to Wang Jinfu, vice director of the city's municipal environmental department, on Tuesday.

Enlarging Baoding's environmental capacity and enabling it to handle more businesses is key to the future development of the city, the vice director said.

Wang said that to reduce the impact of vehicle emissions, local officials are mulling traffic restriction rules similar to those in Beijing and Tianjin.

Baoding is also looking to allow access to National 5 standard oil, equal to the Euro V vehicle emissions standard, which caps sulphur content at 10 parts per million, said Wang.

A campaign to phase out existing high-energy consumption and high-pollution plants is also unfolding in the city.

With these environment-friendly polices being delivered, Baoding is committed to improving the city's air quality within three years, and enabling its residents to enjoy a clean environment before 2019, Wang said.

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