Pol­lu­tion curbs set to make skies clearer

China Daily European Weekly - - News Digest -

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.

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