BEIJING China's environmental agency has lifted
a freeze on projects by a power company and others in the
northern city of Tangshan after local officials moved to
strengthen pollution controls.
The State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA)
found Tangshan, in Hebei province, had closed or cleaned up
heavily polluting plants, and some new projects could proceed,
the agency announced on its Web site (www.sepa.gov.cn) late on
The agency also said it had lifted restrictions on Hong
Kong-listed Datang International Power Generation Co., which
had been accused of skirting environmental approval rules for a
power project in Tangshan.
SEPA had banned dozens of industrial projects in January as
the Chinese government sought to strengthen environmental
controls in an effort to rein in both pollution and unfettered
Tangshan, whose abundant coal has attracted heavy
industrial investment, shut down or upgraded dozens of small
steel mills, coke plants and factories, SEPA's vice director
Pan Yue said.