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Chinese Cities Bring Forward Anti-Pollution Measures

Coal, Economy, Iron Ore, Steel

In response to a forecast for heavy smog in the region, government officials in Tangshan have implemented planned anti-pollution measures more than a month earlier than previously intended, U-metal reports. Steel mills have been instructed to cut sintering output by 50% from 12 October and restrictions on outdoor construction activities have been put in place. The nearby city of Handan has also reportedly implemented similar restrictions, including an instruction to steel mills to cut blast furnace production by half until March next year. Both cities are located in the major steel producing hub of Hebei province, an area targeted by a government backed scheme to combat air pollution announced earlier this year. The region produced 133.7 Mt of crude steel in January-August, 24% of China’s output over the period.