China dispatches pollution inspectors amid bad air

China dispatches pollution inspectors amid bad air
A man wearing a mask makes his way amid the heavy haze in Beijing Feb 22, 2014. Photo: AP
Pollution not expected to clear till Thursday, says National Meteorological Centre
Published: 7:07 PM, February 23, 2014

BEIJING — China says it has sent inspectors to Beijing and other areas of the country to inspect polluting industries and check construction sites amid a spell of severe air pollution.

The environment ministry said today (Feb 23) that teams had been dispatched to inspect steel, coal, glass and cement factories and review the local governments’ responses to the bad air over the past few days.

The official Xinhua News Agency says almost all provinces in central and east China have had serious air pollution since Friday, and that Beijing and five provinces in northern and eastern China have reported “severe smog”.

The National Meteorological Centre said the pollution was not expected to clear until Thursday. AP