More plants de­mol­ished to cut air pol­lu­tion

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

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)

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