China\’s steel hub Tangshan raises emergency situation contamination measures: Officials

Organisation China\’s steel hub Tangshan raises emergency situation contamination procedures: Officials
The sun sets behind a chimney of a steel mill in Tangshan, Hebei province Feb 18, 2014. (Photo: Reuters/Petar Kujundzic)

BEIJING: China\’s top steel producing city of Tangshan has lifted emergency measures to take on a current three-day bout of heavy air pollution, the local government stated in a statement on Wednesday (Nov 29).

The procedures, classified as Level 2 emergency situation response steps, were implemented on the afternoon of Nov 25 and stopped on Nov 28 at 10am, it said.The actions

taken consisted of restricting the production of sintering makers at steel mills, halting the production of a series of building materials such as cement and ceramics and a restriction on the mixing of concrete and spraying paint outdoors.In addition,

no gas heaters or coal boilers were permitted to be utilized by heavy industry.The statement added that the city would continue to implement procedures under Beijing\’s contamination project that began on Nov 15 and will last up until Mar 15. Tangshan in northern Hebei province is one of the 28 northern cities purchased by Beijing in August to draw up strategies to thin traffic and decrease industrial activity to lower pollution.The city produces nearly 100 million tonnes of unrefined steel a year, more than the United States, and is regularly noted amongst China\’s 10 smoggiest cities.The city federal government said last month it would halve its iron production capacity from mid-November

up until mid-March to combat the winter smog.Source: Reuters/zl Bookmark

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