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China warns of Significant smog during National Day celebrations

Last updated on September 24, 2019

China’s northern areas have been facing a continuing period of pollution for the following two months, the environment ministry cautioned, together with heavy smog threatening to overthrow the country’s National Day celebrations in Beijing in October.

China will mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic on Oct. 1, together with Beijing and the neighboring state of Hebei already executing specific steps to tighten safety, suppress firework revenue and suspend mining activities to minimize possible disruptions.

Cities across the area also have enforced regular output curbs on steel mills, power plants, coking coal producers and cement mills in the last week of September, triggered by decreasing air quality.

However, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment said in a statement published late on Monday that protracted and adverse climate conditions across eastern coastal areas were expected to result in significant smog build-ups in the vicinity of Beijing within the next two months.

Tangshan, China’s largest steelmaking town, is currently stepping up attempts. It issued an orange smog alert on Monday and enforced stricter curbs on blast furnaces and electric arc furnaces in steel manufacturers out of Tuesday, according to a document examined by Reuters and supported by a source using a local steel institution.

Other towns in Hebei, such as Hengshui and Cangzhou, additionally issued anti-pollution curbs beginning from Sept. 24 after orders in the provincial environmental regulator, based on announcements from local authorities and state websites.

China has frequently blamed contamination on unfavorable weather, such as feeble wind speeds, humidity, and elevated temperatures.

However, the environment ministry has also criticized local authorities for using weather as an excuse for their poor performances in regards to handling pollution.