China fells steel furnacesFeb. 23, 2014 - China demolishes steel furnaces in northern Hebei Province as part of efforts to curb pollution, state media reports.
China on Sunday (February 23) demolished 19 steel furnaces in its top steel-producing province of Hebei to reduce production overcapacity as part of an effort to ease air pollution, state media reported.
Nineteen furnaces were torn down on Sunday morning in five cities of Hebei, a major industrial region which surrounds Beijing, as parts of China's campaign against industrial pollution, China's state broadcaster CCTV reported.
"China has vowed to tackle pollution and slash coal use."China has vowed to tackle pollution in Hebei, saying in a wide-ranging action plan in September that it would ban new projects in some industries, close outdated steel and cement facilities, and slash coal use.
Hebei, home to some of the most polluted cities in China, has promised to cut total steel capacity by 86 million tonnes, about 40 percent of last year's production, by 2020.
Its capital Shijiazhuang routinely recorded "beyond index" measurements of particulate matter (PM) in early 2013.
The demolition on Sunday was expected to reduce steel and iron production by 8.02 million tonnes, CCTV said.
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