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Tangshan Summons Executives From 48 Firms Over Air Pollution

Steel News - Published on Tue, 18 Jun 2019

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Reuters reported that China’s top steelmaking city of Tangshan in Hebei Province has summoned executives from 48 regional companies with high pollution emissions to a meeting and ordered them to trim output to reduce the smog. The companies in the steel, cement and coke industries were criticised by the city government of failing to implement anti-pollution measures and to bring down toxic emissions. The companies included Tangsteel, a subsidiary of HBIS Group. Tangshan government statement said “Companies that were summoned to the meeting vowed to resolutely comply to production restrictions set by the city government and cut output to the utmost extent in order to drastically reduce pollutant emission.”

The meeting came after China’s environment ministry last week summoned the mayors of six northern Chinese cities, including Baoding and Langfang in Hebei province where Tangshan is located, that failed to meet winter smog-cutting targets

Tangshan city has extended output curbs on heavy industry to the end of June, with steel mills ordered to cut sintering operations by as much as 50%. Despite the extended production restrictions, Tangshan in April still ranked fourth from the bottom of 169 monitored key cities nationwide in terms of air quality. In May, among the 11 cities in Hebei, Tangshan had the worst air quality level, with average concentrations of particulate matter PM2.5 at 43 micrograms per cubic metre. The average PM2.5 reading in Hebei in May was 32 micrograms per cubic metre.

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Posted By : Ratan Singh on Tue, 18 Jun 2019
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