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Beijing eyes Olympics-style smog controls ahead of Apec meeting in Nov

Published on Apr 10, 2014 12:15 PM
 
A boy wearing a mask in Beijing on March 26, 2014. China may revive 2008 Beijing Olympics-style air pollution controls when it holds a meeting of Asia-Pacific leaders in the often smog-shrouded capital in November. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (Reuters) - China may revive 2008 Beijing Olympics-style air pollution controls when it holds a meeting of Asia-Pacific leaders in the often smog-shrouded capital in November, state media said on Thursday.

Officials are mulling traffic curbs based on license plate numbers to cut emissions and the closure of plants and construction sites during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Economic Leaders' Meeting, which draws many heads of state from the group's 21 member economies.

The plan is reminiscent of emergency measures implemented with mixed results to tame Beijing's chronic pollution when the city was on the world stage ahead of the 2008 Summer Olympics.

During the Apec meeting, officials would work with the local governments in the nearby city of Tianjin and surrounding Hebei province to combat smog, Mr Zhuang Zhidong, deputy head of the Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau, was citied by the English-language China Daily newspaper as saying.

 
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