Beijing to shut polluting industries
The Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau (EPB) said it will conduct environmental checks and shut down any businesses failing to meet the new requirements, Global Times reported on Thursday.
Over 60 polluting businesses, including chemical plants and wooden furniture manufacturers, have been ordered to make changes or they will be forced to close and banned from relocating.
A total of 1,200 companies might face the same punishment if there are no improvements before 2015, EPB said.
Pollution such as dust, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds are a by-product of industrial production and lead to more pollutants through chemical reactions.