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China health chiefs shut $3.3 billion coal-to-chemicals plant

Published on Jan 23, 2013 7:28 PM
 
This picture taken on Jan 22, 2013 shows a thermal power plant discharging heavy smog into the air in Changchun, north-east China's Jilin province. China has cleaned up its air before but experts say that if it wants to avoid the kind of smog that choked the country this week, it must overhaul an economy fuelled by heavily polluting coal and car use. Chinese authorities have halted production at a huge US$2.7 billion (S$ 3.3 billion) coal-to-chemicals plant for breaching environmental regulations, media said Wednesday as pollution levels rose again in Beijing. -- PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (AFP) - Chinese authorities have halted production at a huge US$2.7 billion (S$ 3.3 billion) coal-to-chemicals plant for breaching environmental regulations, media said Wednesday as pollution levels rose again in Beijing.

Environmental officials shut down the factory in Inner Mongolia on Tuesday, the reports said.

The plant has been feted as a "milestone project" by its owner, the energy giant Shenhua Group, for pioneering the conversion of coal into other products.

The news came after acrid smog blanketed large swathes of China last week, prompting public anger and promises by senior officials to try to address the problem.

 
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