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China extends pollution war on steel slag waste

China’s war on pollution is extending to a new front: the solid waste that makes up thousands of slag heaps around the country, a byproduct of its record steel output. Hundreds of steel mills have been shut over the last few years for failing to comply with tougher environmental rules, with others forced to install better equipment to curb emissions and use higher-quality raw materials such as iron ore and coking coal. But now industrial debris like slag is increasingly coming under the spotlight as well, potentially pressing steelmakers to tackle the pilings problems head-on at a time when they are grappling with weaker profit-margins.

Underscoring the government’s ramped-up drive against steel waste, this year it began imposing a blanket CNY 25 levy for every tonne of solid waste generated by industrial companies.

The environment ministry also said it would urge local governments to deal with solid waste issues, undertaking a special campaign to crack down on violations. It did not give further details.
Source : REUTERS
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