Hebei Steel Producers Hoodwink Inspectors During Heavy Smog, China's Environment Ministry Says
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Hebei Steel Producers Hoodwink Inspectors During Heavy Smog, China's Environment Ministry Says

(Yicai Global) Dec. 23 -- Many provinces in China were recently struck by serious smog, while several iron and steel enterprises in Hebei defied government inspectors by turning their machinery back on, once they had left the premises.

During the recent heavy smog, which affected 11 provinces, supervisors from China's Ministry of Environmental Protection found enterprises including Hebei Xinda Iron and Steel Co., Qian An Jiujiang Wire Co. and Hebei Jinxi Steel Group Zhengda Steel Co., merely put on a show of having downed tools during inspections and later re-launched their sintering machines and shaft furnaces after supervisors left their sites.

Moreover, some enterprises in Shandong, Henan and Shanxi still discharged pollutants in an illegal manner during the period of serious air pollution. From Dec. 16 to Dec. 21, middle and eastern China were struck by persistent air pollution covering as wide an area as 1.88 million square kilometers, creating a new record of serious smog this year, causing many schools, roads and businesses to close.

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