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Movie theaters, hotels to be fined for bad air

2010/09/10 | 198 views | Permalink | Source

Movie theaters, hotels, academic institutes and crowded business facilities will be fined for bad indoor air quality as early as next year, the Ministry of Environment said Friday.

The ministry said it will forward a revised bill on indoor air quality control to the National Assembly during the upcoming plenary session this month. Movie theaters, hotels with fewer than 100 rooms, exhibition halls, private learning institutes and PC rooms are not currently subject to the government regulation.

But they will be added to a list of 17 indoor facilities, including underground shopping complexes, libraries and museums, which have been subject to the air quality control.

Operators of these facilities are obliged to gauge the levels of fine dust, carbon dioxide and three other items. If they exceed the legally-permitted levels, they will befined between 500,000 and 3 million won.

Additionally, if they do not measure the air quality or file a false report to avoid paying penalties, they are to be slapped with up to 5 million won in fines.

A ministry official said the revision will help ease health concerns of the public when they watch movies and perform other indoor activities in crowded facilities, adding the government will boost its monitoring of business compliance.

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