Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Standing committee discusses air pollution

The Standing Committee on Nature, Environment, Food and Agriculture discussed efforts to reduce air pollution on Tuesday.

The Government has announced plans to supply 70,000 ger district households with low-smoke stoves in 2011 and 110,000 in 2012.

The Clean Air Project is financing the program, which officials hope will reduce air pollution in the capital.

Since automobile exhaust also contributes to air pollution in the capital, the committee proposed increasing funding for public transportation.

Also, the 2012 budget includes funding for a 50-percent discount in electric rates for ger district households that use electric heaters instead of burning coal or other materials.

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