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China’s Sweeping Pollution Crackdown Puts Chill on Economy

Authorities cut off water and power to this plant in Jiyang county, Shandong province, that supplies components to hydraulic lift table manufacturers there. Government inspectors had listed the plant as a polluter — a designation some businesses say that authorities are handing down for reasons not linked to pollution. Shen Fan/Caixin
Authorities cut off water and power to this plant in Jiyang county, Shandong province, that supplies components to hydraulic lift table manufacturers there. Government inspectors had listed the plant as a polluter — a designation some businesses say that authorities are handing down for reasons not linked to pollution. Shen Fan/Caixin

(Jiyang county, Shandong province) — At first, he was dumbstruck. Then panic set in before the urge to resist took over Liu, a businessman from Shandong, when environmental inspectors told him to shut down his small backyard factory in May.

Liu’s factory, which produces machine components, is among tens of thousands of businesses that were ordered to close shop by the end of September or shell out thousands of yuan to upgrade their pollution-control facilities as part of a nationwide government crackdown on polluters.

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