Tangshan Steel may relocate in air pollution drive

China's third-largest steel maker may move to new coastal facilities over the next decade as part of a drive to reduce urban air pollution, Reuters reported an official in its northern home city, Tangshan, as saying.

The city, which is in Hebei province and accounts for around one-tenth of the country’s steel output, is home to Tangshan Iron and Steel
Group. But it is one of several areas that have been asked to cut emissions for the Beijing Olympics.

"Tangshan is at the gates of Beijing. If the wind blows, the pollution floats right over," Reuters reported the city’s party secretary, Zhao Yong, as saying.

As part of the campaign, the report said, the steel giant hopes to build a new 20 million tonne per year plant on the Hebei coast.

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