From: Associated Press
Published September 30, 2005 12:00 AM

Hong Kong Leader: Southern China Aims To Announce Air Quality Data Daily

HONG KONG — Authorities aim to announce daily air quality data on southern mainland China -- a major source of air pollution in Hong Kong -- by the end of the year, Hong Kong's leader said.


The information would "let citizens better understand the change in air quality in the region," Hong Kong leader Donald Tsang said late Wednesday after a meeting with Huang Huahua, the governor of neighboring Guangdong province.


About 80 percent of the air pollution in Hong Kong blows in from Guangdong, one of China's biggest manufacturing bases.


Hong Kong and Guangdong authorities have agreed to cut down on emissions, and Hong Kong's environmental secretary said late last year 16 monitoring stations have been set up in Guangdong.


Tsang said the air quality data will allow authorities to devise a better response.


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"We're not afraid if the figures will show a deterioration in air quality. The most important thing is the information. We can only handle the problem if we have the information," he said.


Source: Associated Press


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