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Gov't to hold emergency meeting on fine-dust

All News 18:32 June 02, 2016

SEOUL, June 2 (Yonhap) -- The South Korean government will take an important step toward eradicating hazardous fine dust this week, holding a special meeting of related ministers to discuss ways to deal with the new health hazard, officials said Thursday.

The meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn, will be held in Seoul on Friday, according to the government officials.

It will be attended by eight ministers, including Finance Minister Yoo Il-ho, who is double hatted as vice prime minister, and the head of the Korea Meteorological Administration, the state weather service agency.

The meeting is widely expected to discuss ways to tackle fine-dust that is increasingly becoming a serious health issue in South Korea.

The outcome of the meeting, along with new government measures to help reduce fine dust emissions will be revealed at a press conference to be given by Environment Minister Yoon Seong-kyu later in the day, the officials said.

Fine dust refers to particles smaller than 10 micrometers and have been known to cause various respiratory problems while also affecting the body's immune system.

An earlier study showed the annual rise in fine dust emissions could increase the number of people with high blood pressure by up to 4.4 percent.

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