Heavy acid rain pass SW China

Jan 15, 1997 01:00 AM

Jan. 2, 1997 The skies have finally cleared up in Guiyang, the capital of Southwest China's Guizhou Province, which has long been exposed to heavy acid rain. According to a recent report released by the State Contamination Monitoring Authority, the city once again was not named on the list of cities that are under a serious threat of acid rain. The local government attributes this mainly to the use of different sources of fuel and the relocation of factories that cause heavy pollution. "Since most of the acid rain comes from burning coal, we focused mainly on introducing other cleaner fuels such as coal gas and oil gas," a local official said. Now, gas accounts for 70 % of the total fuels consumed in Guiyang. According to the official, the removal of pollution-producing factories from the city area also contributed greatly to the decrease of acid rain in Guiyang. "We have successfully controlled the frequency of acid rain to below 50 %, and we are confident we can completely eliminate heavy acid rain in the near future," the official said.

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