facilities which use heavily polluting fuel will be banned in most urban
areas and coal use will be further cut in north China’s Hebei Province,
according to a new law adopted by the provincial legislature on
Large cities will have no less than 80 percent of their township areas
ban construction of new projects that use highly polluting fuel, such as
heavy oil and raw coal, the new provincial air pollution treatment and
prevention rule said.
Counties will also mark banned areas according to their own conditions.
Operating facilities using such fuel should be upgraded to use clean
energy or be equipped with advanced pollutant control devices.
With its pillar industries such as iron and steel, cement and glass,
Hebei boasts more than half of the country’s 10 most polluted cities.
The average PM2.5 density of Hebei fell 18.9 percent in 2015 from 2014,
but the level remained 1.2 times higher than the national standard.
Coal accounts for more than 85 percent of the total energy in Hebei, or
nearly 20 percentage points higher than the national average.
Hebei’s new law is a revision to its air pollution law adopted in 1996.
The amendment was in line with the country’s new law on air pollution
control which took effect on Jan.1, dealing tougher punishments to
industries and seeking to curb air pollution at its root.
Tier fees for pollutants, differentiated loans and water prices and
punitive power prices will be imposed on industries with excessive
capacity or heavy air pollution, according to the 30-page law with 93
It also requires the gradual expansion of areas banning the lighting of
fireworks in cities.
Environmental officials will be punished for poor response to serious
air pollution or other forms of negligence, it said. Leading government
officials at county-level or above should resign if the local
environment suffers grave damage under their rule.