More plants demolished to cut air pollution
Two months after a number of cement factories were demolished in Shijiazhuang, Hebei province, a second batch of 17 plants is being torn down to improve air quality.
Hebei has been hit by many smoggy days in February, causing serious pollution. The 17 plants produced cement that met national standards, but have been forced to close to improve air quality, with cement production a high-polluting industry.
The two batches of demolitions have targeted 35 plants at major production bases, resulting in direct economic losses of $180 million and affecting 3,780 workers.
“We may suffer slow economic growth in the short term, but this will work in upgrading the economic structure and result in a good living environment for our people, so it is worthwhile,” said Sun Ruibin, Party chief of Shijiazhuang. (Photo 2)