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China Dispatches Pollution Inspectors amid Severe Air Pollution

24 February 2014

China’s Environment Ministry said on Sunday that it had 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. Twelve teams will inspect factories, including those producing steel, coal, glass and cement, in Beijing, nearby Tianjin city and neighboring Hebei province, as well as their surrounding areas, the ministry said. On Friday, Beijing raised its pollution alert to the second-highest level for the first time, which meant some manufacturing plants had to suspend or reduce production, and that demolition work, barbecues and fireworks were banned. The alert was still in place on Sunday. The National Meteorological Center said the pollution wasn’t expected to clear until Thursday. —AP