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China to improve emissions monitoring for steel, coal-fired power generation

China is looking to improve emissions monitoring for heavy industries in certain regions over the next few years to further the country's efforts to combat smog, Reuters reported Aug. 10, citing a statement by the country's Ministry of Ecology and Environment.

The country is targeting industries such as steel, coal-fired power generation, coke, chemicals and other heavy industries as part of the improved monitoring project. It is also cracking down on data reporting, aiming to ensure that environmental data monitoring is "accurate, genuine, objective and comprehensive," and is looking to have monitoring institutes and staff be independent of local governments by 2020.

The ministry said it plans to randomly select about 200 environmental monitoring institutes across the country every year for qualifications and operations inspection.

The latest push to reduce smog also looks to hook all of the country's major polluters into a real-time online monitoring system by the end of 2018 and aims to eventually extend the system to include all industrial enterprises.

The Ministry of Ecology and Environment recently tightened its emissions requirements for steelmakers, giving mills around the country's capital of Beijing, in the northern city of Tianjin, and in the Hebei province until 2020 to comply with the new standards.