China’s top steelmaking city issues level 2 smog alert

FILE PHOTO: Smoke rises from a chimney among houses as new high-rise residential buildings are seen under construction on a hazy day in the city centre of Tangshan, Hebei province February 18, 2014. REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic/File Photo

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s top steelmaking city of Tangshan issued a second-level or “orange” pollution alert on Tuesday in response to a wave of smog expected to blanket the region, local government-backed media reported.

The alert will take effect from Jan. 22 until Jan. 25.

Steel mills will have to curtail sintering operation by 30-60 percent, or even shut down, based on their emission levels.

Other industrial plants in coke, cement, casting and pharmaceutical sectors were also ordered to reduce output during the alert.

Diesel-fueled trucks will also be restricted from transporting commodity materials, the media report said.

Reporting by Muyu Xu and Vincent Lee

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