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China's top steelmaking city deepens output curbs to fight smog

Reuters  |  BEIJING 

(Reuters) - and other industrial plants in China's top city were on Saturday ordered to make further output cuts in December, as part of emergency measures to fight

The order from the local government came as it forecast several bouts of to blanket the region from Dec.9 until Dec.31, a reported citing a government statement.

in the smog-prone city will need to shut their sintering capacity by 30-60 percent or even shut down based on their emission level, while coke plants must extend production time in order to churn out less dust.

Companies in construction materials, pharmaceutical, and industry were also asked to enforce emergency measures under second-level alerts, the second highest in the country's four-tier alarming system, in December.

also set restrictions on diesel-fueled trucks delivering commodity materials to and from ports.

The city's mills have already complied with production restrictions ordered for the winter, with cuts averaging 30-35 percent, lower than 42 percent last year.

It has seen average concentration of lung-damaging small breathable particles, known as PM2.5, reach 90 micrograms per cubic metre, according to data from the National Environmental Monitoring Centre.

aims to keep national concentrations of PM2.5 below 35 micrograms by around 2035.

(Reporting by and Monitoring Desk; Editing by and Clelia Oziel)

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First Published: Sun, December 09 2018. 00:04 IST