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China Pollution Alert Curtails Steel Plants, Closes Schools

  • Air quality index reading in Beijing hazardous as of 4 p.m.
  • Red alert expected to be in effect until noon on Dec. 10
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Beijing Issues First-Ever Air Pollution Red Alert

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The severe smog blanketing Beijing has prompted the nearby Tangshan government to shut down all steel rolling plants during the daytime as air quality in the capital continued to deteriorate to hazardous levels.

The Tangshan Municipal Government issued a level-3 emergency response, effective from 3 p.m. local time on Tuesday, while the Hebei provincial government released an orange alert for smog within its jurisdiction, requesting frequent checks on emissions from all coal-fired furnaces and key industrial sites, according to Mysteel Research, an independent steel industry watcher. Two calls today to the Tangshan government weren’t immediately answered.