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Sep 14, 2018 07:47 PM
BUSINESS & TECH

Winter Smog Fight Should Ditch ‘Single Knife Cut’ Approach

A steel worker keeps an eye on a converter at a plant in Hebei province on Aug. 1. Photo: VCG
A steel worker keeps an eye on a converter at a plant in Hebei province on Aug. 1. Photo: VCG

Cities in north China’s Hebei province should abandon drastic acts like setting production limits for factories from heavily polluting sectors and take a more flexible approach to avoid major disruptions during the upcoming winter smog season, according to a new government proposal.

The proposal (link in Chinese) from the Hebei provincial environmental protection bureau expressly forbids the “single knife cut” approach that many local governments used in the province last year in a bid to curb the region’s infamously heavy smog. That one-size-fits-all effort saw factories in heavily polluting sectors like steel and cement production ordered to drastically reduce their production by specific amounts to clear the region’s air.

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