Hong Kong Pollution Reaches Severe Level as Pollutants Trapped

Hong Kong Pollution Reaches Severe Level as Pollutants Trapped

Hong Kong’s air pollution index reached the “severe” level for the third time this year, triggering a government warning, as the lack of air flow trapped pollutants in the city.

The Air Pollution Index (HKAICEMA) reached 203 at both the Central business district and the Mong Kok roadside-monitoring stations as of 11 a.m. local time, according to the Environment Protection Department. The index last registered similar readings in March.

“The high air pollution incident is caused by the trapping of pollutants,” the Environmental Protection Department said in a statement on its website today. “Air quality will start to improve gradually later tomorrow” after the wind picks up, according to the statement.Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has vowed to clean up the city after a government audit last year showed air quality has worsened since 2007. Poor air quality and high rental and living costs are deterring companies from setting up regional headquarters in the city, according to a survey released in November by CPA Australia.

The government said the public should avoid prolonged stays in areas with heavy traffic and reduce physical exertion. The Education Bureau (EDUCGZ) asked schools to cut down on physical activities in the next few days, and the Labour Department said employers should assess the risks of outdoor work.

Elevated nitrogen dioxide concentrations are the contributing pollutant for the smog in the city, the government said. The index ranges from zero to 500, with any reading from 201 ranked as the highest level.

Hong Kong will raise its standard for measuring air quality for the first time since 1987, using World Health Organization measures as a reference for its own objectives, Wong Kam-sing, secretary for the environment, said last month.

The government is offering HK$10 billion ($1.3 billion) in subsidies to replace old diesel vehicles, and plans to introduce laws requiring ships berthing at its ports to use cleaner fuel over the next two years.

To contact the reporter on this story: Simon Lee in Hong Kong at slee936@bloomberg.net

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