Shanxi, the leading coal production base in China, will carry out production curbs on polluting sectors from November to March next year to rein in pollution.
The restriction will mainly target six sectors, including steel, coke, non-ferrous (electrolytic aluminum, aluminum oxide), casting, chemical industry (coal to nitrogen fertilizer and carbon black) and building materials (brick, refractory, ceramic, lime and cement).
Industrial companies that are graded D – the lowest rating in the five-grade system on emission levels, or those failed to fulfill their tasks for pollution controls, will be requested to halt production or face the strictest production curbs during the period, depending on whether their production could be interrupted.
Enterprises that are rated B, B- and C and with interruptable operations will suspend production in turn, with the lasting days not less than the days required for orange pollution alert, while those firms with production unable to be interrupted will face production cut at the level as orange or higher alerts required.
A-graded companies, green factories identified by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, and coke and cement enterprises that have completed the evaluation and monitoring of ultra-low emission transformation and have been put on record and publicized, would be exempt from production restriction in principle and could arrange output cut at their will.
(Writing by Emma Yang Editing by Tammy Yang)
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