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Provincial authorities act to cut pollution

PROVINCIAL governments across China are taking measures ranging from inspecting outdoor barbecues to halting production at industrial plants to reduce worsening air pollution.

China has adopted various measures over the years to reduce the blankets of smog which shroud many of the country’s northern cities in the winter, causing hazardous traffic conditions and disrupting daily life.

In Shijiazhuang, capital of north Hebei Province, the city government issued a notice on Thursday night demanding all car owners follow an odd-even car restriction until the end of the year following days of acrid smog. Previously, it issued restriction policies on November 8, 10, 11 and 15.

The local government also halted seven major industries in the city, including steel, cement and glass factories.

Shijiazhuang has been haunted by smog over the past few days, with authorities last Tueday issuing an orange alert, the second most severe in a four-tier color-coded pollution alert system.

In Taiyuan, capital of Shanxi Province, primary and middle schools have been advised to reduce outdoor activities, and production in major industries such as steel has been limited.

Smog has also hit the southwestern city of Chengdu, capital of Sichuan Province. Local authorities have sent law enforcement officials to inspect construction sites and outdoor barbecues. In the northern municipality of Tianjin, the municipal government has limited operations of local industrial plants. It has ordered 119 factories to stop production until January.


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