[Ferro-Alloys.com] China's top environmental watchdog has rolled out a more specific and ambitious plan to phase out or transform major emitters of airborne pollutants in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei province cluster this heating-supply season, following the worsening of air pollution during an unusually warm year.
Experts commended the range of performance-based production restrictions in the plan, saying it gives companies incentives to bring emissions to low levels. They also warned, however, that "long-lasting" and "wide-ranging" smog may occur due to unfavorable meteorological conditions.
Fall and winter are the seasons with the worst air quality in northern China, mainly because of coal-burning for heating. The Ministry of Ecology and Environment has regularly introduced plans to address the issue in recent years to enhance pollution control in the cluster, an area plagued by some of the country's worst emissions. (China Daily)
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