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Top Chinese steelmaking city to punish polluting companies

Tangshan directs industries to comply with its environmental protection plan

Tangshan, the economic center of northern Hebei Province, is historically one of China's most polluted cities due to its heavy industry.   © Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) -- Tangshan, China's top steelmaking city, said it will punish companies that either have not taken the steps spelled out under its emergency antipollution plan or have illegally discharged pollutants, following weeks of smog in northern China.

All enterprises must strictly meet the requirements of the city's environmental protection plan, Vice Mayor Li Guifu said in an emergency municipal meeting on Saturday night.

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