The Gwangju Health & Environment Research Institute on Wednesday issued fine and ultrafine dust advisories on the City of Gwangju.
Under the impact of yellow dust generated in China, fine dust density in the air was measured 355㎍/㎥ as of 8 a.m. this morning while ultrafine dust density in the air sat at 80㎍/㎥ as of 7 a.m.
A fine dust advisory is issued when the density of fine dust particles under 10㎍reaches 300㎍/㎥ for a 2-hour period.
A ultrafine dust advisory is put into effect when the density of ultrafine dust particles under 2.5㎍ reaches 75㎍/㎥ for a 2-hour period.
The institute advised people to avoid engaging in outdoor activities and exercise while the advisories are in effect.
In related news earlier this week, Gwangju launched the Fine Dust Safety Citizens Association in earnest.
The group will keep a close watch on some 360 areas including construction sites, enterprises handling harmful substances and more, where a lot of fine dust is generated.
In addition, the association, along with the city’s fine dust control squad will request local enterprises that exceed fine dust generation limitation when the fine dust watch is issued with over 150 ㎍ / ㎥ for more than 2 hours to take appropriate measures. Also, the group will conduct a fine dust reduction campaign and increase publicity, to raise awareness about the fine dust issue among citizens.
The City has recently set a 5 year plan to create a city with cleaner air conditions, and aims to reduce the amount of fine dust by 20% by 2030.
The City allocated some 56 billion won of related budget for next year to conduct the 32 related projects for the fine dust reduction.