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China dispatches pollution inspectors amid bad air

Updated Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014 | 2:43 a.m.

BEIJING (AP) — China says it has sent inspectors to Beijing and other areas of the country to inspect polluting industries and check construction sites amid a spell of severe air pollution.

The environment ministry said Sunday that teams had been dispatched to inspect steel, coal, glass and cement factories and review the local governments' responses to the bad air over the past few days.

The official Xinhua News Agency says almost all provinces in central and east China have had serious air pollution since Friday, and that Beijing and five provinces in northern and eastern China have reported "severe smog."

The National Meteorological Center said the pollution wasn't expected to clear until Thursday.