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7/13, 8:52 AM (Source: TeleTrader)
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China to toughen steel mill emission checks

China will continue enforcing heavy industry production restrictions in winter this year and will tighten its emission assessments on steel mills, an environment ministry official said on Saturday.

Speaking at an industrial conference, the head of the atmospheric environment department at the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) Liu Bingjiang said that the country's steel industry remained a major pollutant despite improvements in emission levels and production restrictions. He added that there would not be many first-class firms that will be exempted from curbs this year and that the MEE would use industrial associations to conduct emission assessments on mills to avoid fraud in the emission upgrading process.

However, China Iron and Steel Association Chairman He Wenbo warned at the same time that there was insufficient "clean capacity" in the steel industry despite record output and called on the government to protect and support clean and advanced steel producers. He said that China's crude steel output increased 10.2% on an annual basis in the first five months of the year to reach 404.88 million tonnes, adding that mills were investing huge amounts of money in the war against pollution.

Breaking the News / DZ