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Cement plants in China are demolished in a bid to reduce pollution

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According to local news, Shijiazhuang, capital of China’s Hebei province, has begun the demolition of 18 cement plants in the area. The large-scale demolition comes as part of China’s plans to crackdown on heavy industry and improve air quality. As previously reported by World Cement, air contamination and particulate matter (such as PM2.5) across the country frequently reaches hazardous levels and the government is taking serious measures to reduce overcapacity and pollution from industries such as cement, coal and steel.

Demolition of the 18 plants is due for completion in January 2014. It is reportedly part of a larger plan to target 74 plants in the Shijiazhuang region by March 2014 and all plants in the west of Shijiazhuang by 2017. The government is set to compensate the companies that own the plants. The Bureau of Industry and Information in the city told local news sources that the cement facilities were a priority for demolition as they contribute to the region’s rising dust pollution levels.

Demolition of the first 18 plants by January 2014 is predicted to reduce production capacity in the area by almost half to 61 million tpa. This will result in a 3.38 million tpa drop in NOX emissions and a decrease of 38.25 million tpa in dust pollution.

Edited from various sources by Rosalie Starling

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