China to Close Dirty Steel Mills

I’ve commented, from time to time, about the environmental and workplace safety issues in the Chinese steel industry (and the coal mining industry that produces coking coal for steel).

It seems like someone may be doing something about it.

Yahoo! Finance

China will close its dirtiest steel mills as it steps up efforts to rein in surging energy use and clean up environmental damage caused by its economic boom, Premier Wen Jiabao said Monday.

However, the word and the deed are sometimes separated.

Wen acknowledged Sunday that China failed to meet its conservation targets last year.

On Monday, he promised to “resolutely close down” its oldest, dirtiest steel mills, power plants and facilities in the cement, aluminum and coke industries.

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