Hong Kong to tighten power plant emission limits

Oct 19, 2012
Hong Kong announced new targets in its bid to cut emissions from power plants, part of an ongoing effort to tackle air pollution in the Chinese city that is regularly covered in smog.

Hong Kong on Friday announced new targets in its bid to cut emissions from power plants, part of an ongoing effort to tackle air pollution in the Chinese city that is regularly covered in smog.

The government said it aims to slash emissions of three of the five main air pollutants measured by authorities by between 6 and 17 percent from 2017, compared to their 2015 targets announced two years ago.

The power generation sector accounts for 50 percent of the city's sulfur dioxide (SO2), 25 percent of (NOx) and 16 percent of respirable suspended particulates (RSP) emissions, according to the Environmental Protection Department.

"The tightened will help improve the air quality in Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta region," a department spokesman said.

"The new emission caps will require the power companies to continue their efforts to use low-emission coal as far as possible."

The new targets were announced as Hong Kong recorded "very high" over the past week, which triggered an official health warning for those with to reduce outdoor activities.

Emissions from factories in southern China, which seep over Hong Kong's border, combine with local emissions from power plants and vehicle traffic to generate an almost daily thick blanket of haze over the teeming metropolis.

Hong Kong saw its worst pollution in years in August, which broke air pollutant readings record since 1999, except for levels reached when a natural dust storm hit the Asian financial capital two years ago.

The government announced revisions to its air quality objectives for the first time in 25 years in January, after University of Hong Kong research showed pollution-related illnesses killed more than 3,000 residents a year.

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ScooterG
1 / 5 (3) Oct 19, 2012
This is good. Now if they will adopt child labor laws, EEOC, welfare, social security, unemployment tax, and a host of other expense burdens on business, maybe some manufacturing will come back to America.
VendicarD
not rated yet Oct 19, 2012
Americans were repeatedly warned that the free trade policies that were being pushed by Libertarian propaganda groups like CATO and the Competitive Enterprise Institute, Heritage Foundation, etc, would result in a massive loss of U.S. manufacturing to the rest of the world, and a race to the bottom in terms of pay, workplace and product quality.

Americans ignored the warning, and elected Republicans who did exactly what the Libertarians demanded.

America is now a bankrupt nation.
VendicarD
not rated yet Oct 19, 2012
The apparent temporary plateau in global temps is in large part a direct result of this temporary pollution from China.

It is doubtful that the Chinese will continue to kill themselves in this manner for much longer.
ScooterG
1 / 5 (2) Oct 19, 2012
Americans were repeatedly warned that the free trade policies that were being pushed by Libertarian propaganda groups like CATO and the Competitive Enterprise Institute, Heritage Foundation, etc, would result in a massive loss of U.S. manufacturing to the rest of the world, and a race to the bottom in terms of pay, workplace and product quality.

Americans ignored the warning, and elected Republicans who did exactly what the Libertarians demanded.

America is now a bankrupt nation.


It was Carter (democrat) who first granted "most favored nation" status to China in 1980. I remember the 22% interest rates and the 16% inflation too. Could be that's what started the exodus of manufacturing to China.

Since the early 70's, all US Presidents have sucked, as far as I'm concerned. None have had juevos-enough to call a spade a spade, none have had juevos-enough to enforce American law.