China to shut polluting units ahead of Olympics

February 22nd, 2008 - 6:13 pm ICT by admin  

Beijing, Feb 22 (Xinhua) The municipal government of the Chinese capital, where the Olympics will be held, has decided to step up its pollution control efforts in various ways such as closing heavy-polluting plants and upgrading environment improvement facilitates before the games begin in August. By the end of June, production will be stopped at the Organic Chemical Plant of Beijing Eastern Petrochemical Co Ltd, the Dayou Company of Beijing Chemical Industry Group, and the heavy oil-fuelling units of China Huadian Corp and Beijing Thermoelectric Co Ltd, the city government said in a bulletin Thursday.

The bulletin also ordered companies to take strict control measures by June-end to ensure that their pollution did not exceed permitted levels.

Coal-fired power plants and heating companies should quickly install pollution-control facilities for substances such as sulphur dioxide and dust, the order said.

“Since 1998, the city has organized and carried out 13 phases of air pollution control measures, leading to marked improvement of air quality,” the bulletin said.

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