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China unveils new pollution measures to ban new steel capacities

State Council, in latest effort to improve air quality, said that China will ban new capacity for steel, coke and primary aluminium production in some key areas, including the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei and Yangtze River Delta regions. The central authority also said it will provide National 6 Standard diesel fuel, one of the cleanest fuel products in the country, nationwide from Jan. 1, 2019. The announcements were made as the Chinese government considers a new three-year, anti-pollution plan to address growing public concern about air pollution.

A state radio report, citing the state council, said “In the coming three years, China will aim to make obvious improvements on air quality and sharply cut major air pollutants.”

It also pledged to significantly raise the portion of rail in freight transportation and continue to push the conversion of household heating systems from coal to electricity or gas in the coming years.

Last week, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment said it will expand environmental inspections to more cities and regions in a new round of checks from June to April next year as part of the new anti-pollution plan.
Source : REUTERS
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