Some residents experienced chronic when sleeping at night.Many residents chose to move out of the community for better air quality.
Residents asked the local EPB to identify and punish more enterprises.
However, the local authority’s detection report found that the emissions of other enterprises suspected of contributing to pollution (the majority of them state owned) were all in compliance with existing emission standards.
After getting the report of the local EPB, discontented residents chose to make a signature petition to the local government.
Within one week of canvassing for support, more than 2,000 families had signed their names to the collective appeal, which shocked local officials.
Many local residents have complained to the environmental protection authorities, and have registered their protests.
In 2006 alone, the Hangzhou Environmental Protection Bureau (EPB) received up to 1,250 complaints from local residents about industrial pollution.The “Warm Home” community（亲亲家园 ), which was established in 2005, is located in the northwestern part of Hangzhou and consists of more than 6,000 families.
Most residents turned to the local EPB for help but were told that the local authority could do nothing before finding the source of the pollution.
Beginning in May of 2008, residents’ complaints increased sharply as the air quality deteriorated.
This essay series examines the roles that community-based organizations (CBOs) have played as active participants in the process of "governing" megacities whether in service delivery, risk mitigation, or the creation of livelihood and other opportunities.
Air pollution has become one of the biggest environment problems in China, causing severe health risks.