Construction will halt, heavy industries will close, and even spray painting will stop in order to clean Beijing’s polluted air for the Olympics. An aggressive plan is underway to cut back emissions by 30 percent at 19 heavy-polluting companies and stop excavation and pouring of concrete at hundreds of sites around the city. The measures are considered severe and will be in effect officially from July 20 to September 20. Beijing’s noxious pollution still presents an enormous problem, a health menace and a public relations nightmare. During the Olympics gas stations, oil depots and tanker trucks would be shut down unless they were equipped with “oil vapor recovery” technology.
Outdoor spray-painting will also be banned during the two-month period of time.
Beijing is one of the world’s most polluted cities. A mix of particulate matter, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide often blankets the city at levels five times higher than World Health Organizations safety standards.