Pollution curbs set to make skies clearer
More than 130,000 polluting companies in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region have suspended production or shut down amid comprehensive controls to curb air pollution in the autumn and winter, environmental authorities said on Oct 31. In response to coping with frequent air pollution in the autumn and winter, environmental authorities in Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei province have pledged to continue strict controls and carry out extra measures to curb pollution. Hebei province has dealt with around 108,500 polluting companies, including closing them down or suspending their production in 2017, Gao Jianmin, head of the Hebei Provincial Environment Bureau, said on Oct 31. In addition, 19,000 polluting companies were found in Tianjin, of which half were shut down completely, said Wen Wurui, Gao’s counterpart in Tianjin. Around 6,000 polluting companies were shut down in Beijing. The three heads of the environmental bureaus introduced their measures to tackle with winter smog, showing that coal consumption for heating services is another major target along with restrictions on industrial production.