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“Unprecedented” Shenzhen smog blamed on Hong Kong landfills

Posted: 11/18/2013 2:50 pm

Shenzhen was hit by “choking smog” this month that Shenzhen authorities have blamed on Hong Kong’s landfill sites near the Chinese border, according to a report by the South China Morning Post.

Strong odours were apparently reported in Luohu, Futian, and Nanshan districts. Now, the Shenzhen Municipal People’s Congress want action taken on the matter.

“Data from the Shenzhen official meteorological bureau’s website showed a surge in levels of small inhalable particles PM2.5 that are hazardous to health shortly after the fire broke out in Hong Kong,” SCMP said in its report.

“Shenzhen [government] should have clear acknowledgment and counter-measures regarding these pollution sources,” one of the delegates, surnamed Yang, from the Shenzhen Municipal told Southern Metropolis Daily (in a translation by SCMP).

“The fire incident is an alarm for Shenzhen. [We] urge Hong Kong government to re-evaluate the future impact of landfill locations to Shenzhen and call upon [Hong Kong] to shut all of its landfill sites along the border,” he added.

Photo credit: SCMP

Story via: SCMP

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