(Yicai Global) Jan. 19 -- China's weather bureau said it will meet with the environmental ministry to decide who should report smog forecasts after rumors that meteorological authorities have been banned from issuing smog warnings.
The Ministry of Environmental Protection and the China Meteorological Administration said they are considering joint consultation and forecast releases in accordance with the Law on Prevention and Control of Atmospheric Pollution.
The MEP and CMA said yesterday that before heavy pollution occurs, environmental and weather departments will issue legally required pre-warnings so that local governments can launch emergency response measures, People's Daily reported.
Differences in assessment indicator systems, classification standards and release procedures have sometimes caused inconsistencies between pollution pre-warnings issued by environmental departments and smog alerts from weather departments. The disparities have confused the public and created problems for local governments.
A CMA internal notice on suspending smog forecasts and pre-warnings drew wide attention online recently. The departments will employ a uniform mechanism under which information will be released by a single department after the environment ministry, meteorological bureau and other concerned parties have been consulted.