|Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon speaks during a weekly government policy coordination meeting at Seoul Government Complex in Jongno-gu, Thursday. Yonhap|
Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon instructed the government Thursday to establish an interagency team to come up with more efficient and bolder measures to tackle fine dust.
Lee made the remark during a weekly government policy coordination meeting, a day after the worst fine dust of the season blanketed South Korea, forcing the government to take emergency measures to curb air pollution.
Lee said the government has taken a series of measures to curb fine dust since last year, including shutting down five aged coal-fired power plants and scrapping aged diesel-powered vehicles, leading to some improvements in air quality. Still, however, more needs to be done, he said.
|N Seoul Tower on Mount. Namsan in Jung-gu, Seoul, behind an electric tower is hardly visible through thickly concentrated particulate matters on Nov. 7. Yonhap|
"A series of factors are involved in fine dust, including domestic factors, such as power, industry, transportation and construction, as well as external factors, such as emissions in neighboring countries and atmospheric factors," Lee said.
"Therefore, countermeasures must involve various ministries and agencies. The Office for Government Policy Coordination should form an interagency task force to put together more systematic and bolder measures," he said.
Lee also called for strengthening cooperation with China to tackle the problem. (Yonhap)