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