Hebei to temporarily shut down 881 factories during APEC

China is expected to temporarily shut down a total of 881 factories in its northern part of Hebei province, to ensure better air quality during the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) conference.   The factories involving excavation, demolition, waste transportation and similar activities that generated dust would be halted from Nov 3-12, while other construction operations would be cut by half, as required, the China Daily reported.   Apart from that, outdoor barbecues and waste incineration would also be banned during the period, the report

Seven of top ten most polluted Chinese cities are in Hebei

The Pollution Report 2013 was released by China Ministry of Environmental Protection on June 4. According to the report, only 3 out of 74 Chinese cities measured met new air quality standards. Among the 10 worst cities for air quality, seven of them are located in Hebei Province. June 5 is World Environment Day. The Chinese authorities released their report, indicating that last year, only Haikou, Zhoushan and Lhasa met air quality standards. The report surveyed a total of 74 cities, including Beijing, Tianjin, cities in Hebei, the Yangtze and Pearl River Deltas. Smog days were

Baoding seeks to develop eco-friendly industries to fight pollution

A city in Hebei province is closing traditional industries and seeking to attract more environmentally friendly industries, taking advantage of coordination in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region. "It is necessary to close some traditional factories to fight air pollution," said Nie Ruiping, Party chief of Baoding, Hebei province, adding that the city closed an iron factory in September. "We cannot sacrifice the environment to make money," he said, suggesting industrial transformation as a solution. According to Nie, Baoding, as one of the most

Hebei draws most complaints from the public about pollution

Hebei Province in China's north has most complaints from the public regarding pollution, the environment authority said on Thursday. The Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) released its monthly report on pollution complaints through the"12369" hotline during November 2013, and 29 out of the total 218 originated in Hebei. The province, neighboring on Beijing, produces most of China's steel. Hebei, Beijing and surrounding areas are frequently hit by heavy smog. The two other provinces with most complaints are Jiangsu and Shandong provinces.

Migrant workers in Hebei paying the price for a cleaner future

A steel mill seen through the broken window of an abandoned block of flats in Tangshan, Hebei. The province aims to slash 70 million tonnes of excess steel capacity by 2018.   Yan Laishun's surname means hope for a smooth and lucky life. And the bicycle repairer and his family could do with some luck after a nearby steel mill closed last year. His two daughters and son lost their jobs. The family hasn't recouped the 120,000 yuan (HK$152,000) it contributed to the plant, nor has his son been paid four months' wages. And neither he nor the other Shuihou villagers know when they will

Pollution eases in Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei areas

The pollution that hit Hebei province, Beijing and Tianjin in the past week was less severe than last year's incident, monitoring results revealed. From Feb 20 to 26, Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei were shrouded in smog. However, environment-monitoring results of the Chinese Academy of Sciences showed that the average concentration of PM2.5 — fine particulate matter with a diameter less than 2.5 microns that can lodge in the lungs — was 11 percent less than it was when smog hit the region in spring 2013, and the peak concentration decreased by 16.4 percent.

Bumpy road ahead for Hebei man who sues gov't over heavy smog

Court will decide within 7 working days whether to accept the case After living in a city with lingering smog for months, Li Guixin has sued the government for failing to control air pollution. It was the first such case in China, but it may take a long time to see the outcome, experts said. "I coughed a lot from the hazy weather since December, and I bought face masks, an air purifier and a treadmill for indoor exercise," said Li, a resident of Shijiazhuang, Hebei province's capital. The city's air quality was rated "seriously polluted" for 320 days last

Crude steel output from Hebei climbs 7% in Dec

Reuters reported that crude steel output from China's top steelmaking province of Hebei rose 7.4% in December from the previous month but the figure was 5.2% lower than 2012 as Beijing's anti pollution drive starts to bite. According to data from the National Bureau of Statistics, Hebei produced 12.3 million tonnes of crude steel in the final month of 2013 amounting to 19.7% of the national total up from 18.8% in November but down from 25.2% for the whole of the previous year. The province traditionally produces around a quarter of China's total steel output, but its share tailed off

Heibei - China's most-polluted province faces enormous challenge

Hebei, a northern region with the worst air in China, faces an enormous challenge in cleaning up its dirty air as data showed that little more than one third of all days last year met quality standards. The air quality index (AQI) in 129 days, 35.3 percent of days in 2013, was below 100, Chen Guoying, director of the Hebei provincial bureau of environmental protection, told a local legislature on Wednesday. The province, which surrounds the national capital Beijing, had 80 days, or 21.9 percent, of severe air pollution (AQI readings higher than 200), Chen said. According to

Jobs gone as steel mills shut down amid fight against pollution in Hebei

The steel mill boomed, she says. "My husband and son worked at the Xingye Industrial factory across the street," Liu Donglu says proudly. That was 10 years ago. Back then, Liu says, at least one person out of each of 400 families in the village of Shuihou worked across the street in Kaiping district, Tangshan, Hebei Province. The Shuihou plant shut down in April. In response to demands from Beijing for reduced air pollution, the Hebei government in October launched "Operation Sunday" where teams of provincial officials attached explosives to

Hebei closes polluting iron and steel plants

Efforts to reduce air pollution in China seem to be accelerating. In a coordinated action on Sunday, local authorities pulled down facilities in three cities in Hebei Province, a main center of iron and steel manufacturing. This could eventually cut coal consumption by nearly three hundred tonnes. And it’s just the beginning. Mr Xin Zhichun special advisor of Tangshan City Government said that “We are going to completely demolish these facilities. That includes destroying the entire production system, and cutting power permanently to make sure production

Hebei closes polluting iron and steel plants

Efforts to reduce air pollution in China seem to be accelerating. In a coordinated action on Sunday, local authorities pulled down facilities in three cities in Hebei Province, a main center of iron and steel manufacturing.   This could eventually cut coal consumption by nearly three hundred tons. And it's just the beginning.   "We are going to completely demolish these facilities. That includes destroying the entire production system, and cutting power permanently to make sure production can't be restarted," Xin Zhichun, special advisor of Tangshan

Hebei to eliminate 1.03 million high-emission vehicles within 3 years

North China's Hebei Province, home to seven of China's top 10 worst-polluted cities, is expected to eliminate 1.03 million high-emission vehicles within three years to reduce pollution. "Huangbiaoche" — literally yellow-label cars — are vehicles that fail to meet national emission standards. They currently account for 6.5% of the 15.68 million vehicles in the province, according to data presented at a conference on the elimination of yellow-label cars organized by the provincial government on Thursday. Pollutants discharged by yellow-label

Hebei province the most polluted area in China

The Ministry of Environmental Protection has released the third quarter report on the air quality in major Chinese cities. North China's Hebei province remains the most polluted area in the country. Monitoring data show that 7 of the top 10 most polluted cities are in Hebei province. The remaining three are in Henan province, Shandong province, and Tianjin. Among 74 major cities in China, 70 experienced polluted days in the third quarter, with an average of 29 polluted days. Ozone and PM2.5, which are major pollutants that come from fossil-fuel burning factories and vehicles,

Hebei authorities crack down on polluting charcoal kilns

The continuous smog in China is pushing authorities towards tightening air quality control. As one of the regions in North China affected by the heavy smog, local authorities in Hebei province are cracking down on polluting charcoal kilns. Everywhere you go, the smoke follows. There’s no escape from it. Heading west from Linzhang County of Handan, its smell in the air gets stronger. Soon, we find ourselves among these smoking charcoal kilns where workers are shovelling saw dust into kilns to turn out charcoal bars. "Smoke is less dense today. On other days, most
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