China's top steelmaking city issues level 2 smog alert

China's top steelmaking city issues level 2 smog alert

FILE PHOTO: Smoke rises from a chimney among houses as new high-rise residential buildings are seen
Smoke rises from a chimney among houses as new high-rise residential buildings are seen under construction on a hazy day in the city centre of Tangshan, Hebei province, Feb 18, 2014. (File photo: Reuters/Petar Kujundzic)

BEIJING: China's top steelmaking city of Tangshan issued a second-level or "orange" pollution alert on Tuesday (Jan 22) in response to a wave of smog expected to blanket the region, local government-backed media reported.

The alert will take effect from Jan 22 until Jan 25.

Steel mills will have to curtail sintering operation by 30 per cent to 60 per cent, or even shut down, based on their emission levels.

Other industrial plants in coke, cement, casting and pharmaceutical sectors were also ordered to reduce output during the alert.

Diesel-fuelled trucks will also be restricted from transporting commodity materials, the media report said.

Source: Reuters/jt

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