China’s environment ministry has called out officials in a north western coal producing zone for lacking the “will” to fight pollution, the latest region to come under scrutiny in Beijing’s war on smog.
Residents say the expansion will lead to increased air and water pollution, damage crops, and have a negative impact on wildlife.
China’s major coal mining hub, Shanxi province, plans to curb industrial manufacturing output voluntarily during the next three winters as part of its 2018-2020 anti-pollution crackdown.
China’s State Council has said in a long-awaited 2018 to 2020 pollution action plan that the country will cut coal consumption, boost electric vehicle sales and shut more outdated steel and coke capacity in the coming three years.
To meet its emissions-cutting goals, China needs to focus on cleaning up power plants and factories in cities, scientists say