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China's coal hub Linfen to extend anti-pollution curbs to Q3

Coal News - Published on Thu, 18 Apr 2019

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Reuters reported that China coal hub Linfen in central province Shanxi, one of the most polluted cities in the nation, plans to extend its winter restrictions on heavy industries to the end of the Q3 this year as it strives to meet air quality targets. Linfen was identified by the environment ministry as the worst performer in terms of air quality in the Q1 among the 168 cities that are monitored across the country.

Linfen failed to reach its target of cutting average concentrations of small, hazardous particles known as PM 2.5 by 4.5 percent during the heating season from November to March, according to Reuters calculations based on official data, even though it imposed stringent cuts across heavy industries.

Reuters calculations showed, the average PM 2.5 reading for the November-March period in Linfen was 93 micrograms, down only 2 percent from the same period in the previous year.

A draft guidance issued by Linfen's anti-pollution office and reviewed by Reuters, maintaining the restrictions aims "to further cut the total amount of industrial emissions and to improve air quality in non-heating season in order to ensure fulfilment of 2019 air pollution targets."

The authenticity of the document was confirmed by two office officials.

The city plans to order manufacturers in the steel, coke, cement, casting, pharmaceutical and chemicals sectors to adopt the same level of curbs used in winter for the 5-1/2 months from April 15 to Sept 30, halting at least 30 percent of output, or even shutting down, depending on their emissions levels.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Thu, 18 Apr 2019
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