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  • Seoul Turns to High-tech Devices to Manage Fine Dust

  • Press Releases SMG 37
    • Advanced devices like drones and 55 inspection teams will monitor businesses and construction sites during the seasonal monitoring period
    • Seoul will induce large companies to voluntarily cut emissions while actively cracking down the operation of unauthorized or restricted facilities
    • The city will ensure that construction companies do not use old equipment, run eco-friendly construction sites. Also, a new system will be introduced for regular inspection.

    SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, December 10, 2021 – The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) embarks on fine dust reduction in construction and industry sectors during the third seasonal fine dust monitoring period (December 2021 to March 2022). The city government will use drones and measurement vehicles to closely monitor areas where emitters are concentrated. At the same time, it will create inspection teams to watch all of the emitters.

    First, areas where small businesses are congested and large construction sites subject to the environmental impact assessment, will go under the joint inspection of the SMG and the Metropolitan Air Quality Management Office. When drones and measurement vehicles detect pollutants, inspection teams visit the areas suspected to emit high-density contaminants.

    In addition, the SMG will deploy 55 teams to ▴engage in the on-site inspection of facilities emitting air pollutants and ▴conduct complete monitoring of construction sites. Violation of regulation may result in accusations, fines, or administrative penalties under Seoul’s zerotolerance policy.

    Businesses creating a significant amount of fine dust should voluntarily cut the amount during the seasonal monitoring period.

    Furthermore, Seoul plans to introduce new management systems stronger than the existing ones. It will, for example, run a pilot program where private companies run eco-friendly construction sites for large-scale construction deals.

    To establish an on-site inspection system where citizens can participate, the SMG already hired 50 citizen inspectors in October. The inspectors patrol and monitor air pollutants in neighborhoods every day from November.

    The monitoring system is currently divided into automatic detection apparatus for chimneys of large facilities, IoT-powered measuring devices, and simplified fine dust measuring devices for construction sites. Seoul will integrate them and conduct monitoring through the Integrated Air Environment Information System.

    “We will increase our effort to reduce high-density fine dust by aggressively monitoring major emitting sources during the seasonal monitoring period,” said Ha Dong-Joon, Director of Air Quality Policy Division. He asked for citizen participation by adding, “Please do not hesitate to report businesses or construction sites suspicious of emitting air pollutants.”