He­bei to ban heav­ily pol­lut­ing fuel in cities

China Daily (Canada) - - BUSINESS -

New­fa­cil­i­ties which use heav­ily pol­lut­ing fuel will be banned in most ur­ban ar­eas and coal use will be fur­ther cut in­North China’sHe­bei Prov­ince, ac­cord­ing to a newreg­u­la­tion adopted by the pro­vin­cial leg­is­la­ture onWed­nes­day. Large cities will have no less than 80 per­cent of their town­ship ar­eas ban con­struc­tion of new­pro­jects that use highly pol­lut­ing fuel, such as heavy oil and raw coal. With its pil­lar in­dus­tries such as iron and steel, ce­ment and glass, He­bei boasts more than half of the coun­try’s 10 most pol­luted cities. on record and tak­ing to­tal 2015 im­ports to a record high of 81.69 mil­lion tons, of­fi­cial cus­toms data showed onWed­nes­day. China’s im­ports in the mar­ket­ing year end­ing Septem­ber 2016 are ex­pected to rise to more than 82 mil­lion tons on bet­ter-than-ex­pected soymeal de­mand, an­a­lysts said.

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