August 25, 2017 / 1:30 AM / 2 years ago

China to stagger raw materials transport in winter on pollution campaign

Sprinklers spray water mist over a demolition site to reduce air pollution after a controlled demolition for the reconstruction of urban villages in Zhengzhou, Henan province, China June 12, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer

BEIJING (Reuters) - China urged local authorities in 28 northern cities to make plans to stagger raw materials transportation some sectors in a bid to reduce pollution during winter, in a document published by the Environmental Protection ministry on Thursday.

** Raw materials affected are steel, coke, non-ferrous, power and chemical sectors.

** Firms are asked to run with at least 80 percent of their trucks with national IV or above emission standard during winter season.

** Trucks will be banned to enter ports in Bohai Rim region during severe polluted days.

** Local authorities are asked to monitor the transportation through Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) system in firms.

Reporting by Muyu Xu and Beijing Newsroom; Editing by Richard Pullin

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