(Yicai Global) Nov. 17 -- China's northern province of Hebei must crack down on pollution hard to ensure Shijiazhuang is removed from the nation's list of heavily polluted cities as soon as possible, the Ministry of Environmental Protection said online, quoting Wang Dongfeng, secretary of Hebei Provincial Party Committee.
Wang recently conducted an impromptu investigation in Shijiazhuang, heading into old residential areas, vegetable markets and waste transfer stations to listen to locals' opinions.
In terms of environmental protection, Hebei must make an effort to tackle the issues the masses are concerned about and fight hard to see blue skies once again. The province must remain goal- and demand-oriented to reach annual government goals and fully regulate coal, power plants, dust, vehicle emissions and pollution cleanup; and shut down "scattered" polluting firms, Wang said after closing his investigation.
China's Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region has been a point of social concern for air pollution in the country. Shijiazhuang, one of the region's major cities, has been strongly criticized for its environmental pollution.